How to Configure Microsoft Windows Updates - Windows Vista
By default, Microsoft Windows is configured to Automatically check for Updates. For dial-up users, it is much better to turn off Automatic Updates and update Microsoft Windows systems monthly, instead of each time you connect to the internet. Unfortunately, you must use Internet Explorer for this.
To turn off Automatic Updates in Windows Vista:
Go to Start, then All Programs, then Windows Updates.
In the left pane, click Change settings.
Select Never Check For Updates.
To manually update Microsoft Windows Vista:
Go to Start, All Programs, then Windows Updates.
NOTE: Windows Update will only work with Internet Explorer. If you use another browser as your default, Open Internet Explorer and copy & paste this link: http://update.microsoft.com
If it's your first time to the site, you may be asked to download and install an ActiveX control, follow the prompts to complete this one-time process.
When the page loads, click on Check for updates.
Choose Express or Custom.
Express will download and install only critical updates, Custom allows you to choose which updates you want to download and install.
Your computer will be scanned for the needed updates (this can take a very long time!).
When it has finished, click on Install Updates and follow any prompts. You may be prompted to restart your computer.