Windows update and How to use automate updating

Microsoft implanted a handy little feature Windows update in the operating system software for both Windows XP and Vista: automatic updates. With this feature, the computer is kept up to date with the latest in Microsoft enhancements without the need for the user to perform online searches – the updates are delivered right to the computer. The user can direct how and when the updates are downloaded and installed, or choose to have a notification delivered whenever updates are available. The operating system recognizes when the user is online and uses the connection to download updates from Microsoft, placing an icon in the area near the clock to let the user know when new Windows updates are available.

To turn the automatic update feature on in XP and set it up to your specifications, simply follow these steps: 1. Go to “My Computer” (by clicking on the desktop icon, or going to the Start menu).2. Click on “Properties”.3. Click on the tab marked “Automatic Updates”.4. Click on “Automatic (recommended)”.5. Make your choices from the available options, then click on “Apply”, and exit the menu.

Or, you can go online and download and install specific updates directly from the company’s update websites. To get Windows XP updates, you can go into Internet Explorer, click on “Tools”, and then “Windows Update”, or go to the Start menu, click on “All Programs”, then Windows Update. Either way, you end up at the Windows update website.

Once there, the first time you go, you’ll see a security warning asking you if you want to “install this software?” You do, so click on “Install”. Then you’ll be asked if you would like to “Get the latest Windows Update software”. You would, so, again, click on “Install”. Then you’ll be asked if you want Express or Custom install; unless you’re an IT professional, it’s probably best to choose “Express”, and then click on “Download and Install Now”. It will take some time to download and install the updates for you, and you’ll need to restart your computer once it’s done (if you don’t restart immediately, you may notice your computer start to pester you every five to ten minutes to restart it). You may have to repeat these steps a number of times in order to get all of the available updates.

When Vista was released, many users complained about speed and compatibility issues, so Microsoft quickly released some minor updates, and then put out a “service pack” update.

Unfortunately, the Vista update software has a number of known bugs. Some users reported being unable to download the service packs at all; once downloaded, updates may fail to install on the first few tries, and then suddenly succeed for no apparent reason. Additionally, Vista update software may have conflicts with hardware devices, particularly devices made by popular computer manufacturers Intel, Symantec, and RealTek AC, or with software, such as certain anti-virus programs. Some users also reported a significant drop in system speed and/or a significant increase in system resources used following installation of Service Pack 1.

If you find that a particular Windows Vista update won’t download or install properly on your machine, there are a few things you can try. First, simply try again; as noted, downloading and installation of Vista updates often simply fails on the first few attempts. If a particular Vista update download really seems like it’s not working, clear your internet cache and cookies files, reboot your machine, and try again. If that doesn’t work, disable your firewall temporarily, reboot, and try again.

Also if you own a brand name computer system such as Dell, Lenovo and HP you could find software patches as well that correct these issues.

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