How to Configure Microsoft Windows Updates - Windows XP

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. Microsoft normally releases updates around the 10th of each month. Unfortunately, you must use Internet Explorer for this.

To turn off Automatic Updates in Windows XP:

  1. Go to Start, then Control Panel.

  2. Double-click on Security Center.

  3. In the window that opens, at the bottom of the screen, click on Manage Security Settings for:  Automatic Updates.

  4. On the next screen, click the radio button for Turn off Automatic Updates, then click ok.

To manually update Microsoft Windows XP:

  1. Go to Start, then Control Panel.

  2. Double-click on Security Center.

  3. In the left column, under Resource Center, click on check for the latest updates from windows updates.

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  4. If it's your first time to the update site, you may be asked to download and install an ActiveX control, follow the prompts to complete this one-time process.

  5. When the page loads, click on Check for updates.

  6. 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.

  7. Your computer will be scanned for the needed updates (this can take a very long time!).

  8. When it has finished, click on Install Updates and follow any prompts. You may be prompted to restart your computer.

 


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