How can I configure my Windows XP computer to automatically download and install security and software updates?
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:
If your computer does not have Windows XP SP2 installed:
If your computer does have Windows XP SP2 installed:
After you turn on Automatic Updates, Windows recognizes when you are online and uses your Internet connection to find updates on the Windows Update Web site that apply to your computer. Updates are downloaded automatically in the background, and you are not notified or interrupted during this process. An icon will appear in the notification area of your Taskbar when the updates are being downloaded. You can point to the icon to view the download status. When the download is complete, a message will appear in the notification area so you can review the updates that are scheduled for installation. If you choose not to install at that time, Windows starts the installation on your set schedule. Always install critical updates immediately!
Last Modified August 12, 2005