Windows Update is an online section of the Microsoft Web site that offers the latest updates for Microsoft Windows, Internet Explorer, and other Microsoft software programs (like Office).
Windows Automatic Updates
Desktop computers at Northern are set to automatically check for updates. If you want to check to be sure Auto Update is turned on, or if you want to set up your home computer for automatic updates:
- Click Start, point to Settings, and then click Control Panel.
- Double-click Automatic Updates.
- Click the Automatic Updates tab.
- Select a setting. We recommend Automatically download recommended updates for my computer and install them.
- Then select a daily update time. Keep in mind that your computer must be turned on and connected to the Internet at the scheduled time in order for updates to be installed.
Manually Check for Windows Updates
You also always have the option for manually checking for updates.
- Open Internet Explorer.
- Click Tools -> Windows Update. This will redirect you to Microsoft's update site.
(OR... you can click Start -> Windows Update and this launch Internet Explorer & go to the update site)
- The web site will check to see if you have the latest version of the Windows Update program on your computer. If you do not have the latest version, you will see a screen asking if you want to download and install it. Click Yes.
- You will be presented with two updating options:
- Express: This is the recommended option to find all needed high-priority updates.
- Custom: This option will scan for high-priority updates and optional updates, such as drivers or software updates.
- You will then be presented with a list of updates.
- If you chose Express, click Install Updates.
- If you chose Custom, you will be presented with a list of high-priority update options. Check the updates that you would like to install. On the left-hand side, you will have an option to review software and hardware updates. Select any desired updates from these categories. Once you have selected all desired updates, click Review and Install Updates. You will now be presented with a list of your chosen updates, verify it is correct and choose Install Updates.
- A dialog box will open to display the download and installation progress.
- Wait for the updates to download and install.
- When the updates are done you may be prompted to restart your computer.
It is a good idea to repeat the process until you are sure there aren't any more critical updates. Often, installing a major update like a Service Pack makes a whole new set of important updates available.
To Check for Critical Updates Automatically:
- Click the Apple Menu -> System Preferences.
- Under System, click the Software Update icon.
- On the Update Software tab make sure Automatically check for updates is checked, and choose Daily, Weekly or Monthly updates from the menu options.
- Click Check Now to have your system check for available updates immediately.
To install updates:
- A pop-up window will display any available updates. Make sure all Security Updates are checked. Click Install.
- Enter an administrator name and password in the authentication pop-window when prompted.
- Click Restart to allow system changes to take effect.
Note: The Software Update utility will automatically notify you of available updates. It will only install files at your request.