How do I run Windows Update?

Introduction to Windows Updates

With the multitude of viruses on the Internet and security risks to systems, it is crucial to keep computers updated with the latest Microsoft security patches. 

Please note: For Windows machines, you must be an Administrator of the computer to install updates. Also, Microsoft Windows XP has reached the end of its product support life cycles. Microsoft no longer offers technical support or updates for this release.

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Configuring Automatic Updates in Windows 10

  1. Select the Start button
  2. Select Settings
  3. Select Update & security
  4. Select Windows Update
  5. Select Check for Updates (Updates will download and install if they are available)
You can set the Automatic Downloads feature for any time of day. Default for Windows 10 is approximately 3:30 a.m. To avoid slow performance, we recommend a time when you will not be using the computer for other Web or e-mail tasks. If you set up Automatic Updates to notify you, or if you forget to leave your computer on, Windows will notify you of available updates using a balloon. Click the notification balloon to review and install the updates.

Configuring Automatic Updates in Windows 8/8.1

  1. Open Windows Update by swiping in from the right edge of the screen (or, if you're using a mouse, pointing to the lower-right corner of the screen and moving the mouse pointer up), tapping or clicking Settings, tapping or clicking Change PC settings, and then tapping or clicking Update and recovery
  2. Tap or click Choose how updates get installed
  3. Select “Install Updates Automatically (Recommended)
  4. Tap or click Apply

You can set the Automatic Downloads feature for any time of day. To avoid slow performance, we recommend a time when you will not be using the computer for other Web or e-mail tasks. If you set up Automatic Updates to notify you, or if you forget to leave your computer on, Windows will notify you of available updates using a balloon. Click the notification balloon to review and install the updates.

Configuring Automatic Updates in Windows 7/Vista

  1. Open Control Panel and double click Windows Update.
  2. In the Windows Update window, select the Change Settings task on the left.
  3. Select “Install updates automatically (recommended)”
  4. Click OK

You can set the Automatic Downloads feature for any time of day. To avoid slow performance, we recommend a time when you will not be using the computer for other Web or e-mail tasks. If you set up Automatic Updates to notify you, or if you forget to leave your computer on, Windows will notify you of available updates using a balloon. Click the notification balloon to review and install the updates.