Microsoft releases new versions of their software (Windows operating system updates as well as application updates) through Windows Update. Microsoft also releases security updates and patches through Windows Update, so it is very important that you have Windows Update configured properly on your computer.

    Saint Mary's College recommends that you configure your computer to automatically download the updates and install them on a schedule that you specify.

    To turn on Automatic Updates for your computer:

    1. From the Start menu, select Control Panel. In the upper right corner of the Control Panel window, next to View by:, select Small icons.
    2. Click on Windows Update.
    3. Click the Change Settings.
    4. In the Important updates section, select Install updates automatically (recommended).
    5. Set the first pop-up menu to Every Day.
    6. Set the second pop-up menu to a time you would like the updates to be downloaded and installed. Choosing a time you are less likely to be using the computer (between 2:00am and 6:00am, or a time when you will always be in class) may be most convenient.
    7. the Recommended updates section, check the box to Give me recommended updates the same way I receive important updates.
    8. In the Who can install updates section, check the box to Allow all users to install updates on this computer.
    9. Click OK.
    10. In the Windows Update window, click Check for updates to make sure your computer has the most current operating system and security patches available. There may or may not be updates available for your computer. If there are updates, click on Install updates.
    11. Restart your computer if prompted, or close the Windows Update window when the updates, if any, have been installed.

    Automatic updating ensures that your computer has the latest software available for Windows, protecting it from potential security issues. Updates are automatically downloaded in the background when you are online and should not interfere with your computer use. If you disconnect from the network, the updates will resume downloading the next time you go online. Please restart your computer when prompted and always install critical updates immediately!

Last Modified January 27, 2010