Enabling Automatic Updates
Microsoft releases important security updates for its Windows operating system on a regular basis. These free updates fix security flaws and other vulnerabilities that can allow hackers to access your computer. Updating your operating system on a regular basis helps protect you from viruses and other attacks.
Microsoft Automatic Updates. This feature automatically identifies, downloads and installs these updates -- all you need to do is turn it on!
1. Click Start and select Control Panel.
2. Open the Automatic Updates item. You may have to select "Switch to Classic View" first:
The Automatic Updates control panel appears below.
- It is recommended that you choose the first option so that Windows automatically downloads and installs the updates for you.
- You should schedule the updates to install while your computer is on but not in use.
- After the updates install, you may be asked to restart your computer.
1. From the Start menu, start typing "Windows Update".
2. Click on Windows Update from the list. If your computer is not up to date there will be a screen that looks like this:
3. Click the Install Updates button to proceed.
Faculty, Staff, and Classroom Workstations
Faculty, Staff and Classroom computers have been configured to automatically download but not install updates. It is up to you to install them at a convenient time. When an update becomes available, you will notice the following message in the notification area of your taskbar:
When you click on the bubble, Windows will walk you through installing the updates. If you notice this message on a computer in one of your classrooms, please start installing the updates before you leave. Doing so will help keep our network efficient and secure.
Public Computer Labs
Public computers have been set up to download and install updates automatically. No user intervention is necessary.
If you need additional support with setting up Automatic Updates or securing your computer, the IT Helpdesk can assist. Call x3830 or send e-mail to email@example.com.