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Windows Automatic Update Instructions

For Windows 7 or Windows Vista:

Automatic Updates should be selected
To check: 
  • Click on the Start Button
  • right-click Computer
  • choose Properties
  • click Windows Update (lower-left)
  • click Change settings (upper-left)
  • Under “Important updates´ make sure that “Install updates automatically (recommended) is selected and choose a convenient time.
If you want or need to get your important updates quicker than your specified time: 
  • Click on the Start Button
  • right-click Computer
  • choose Properties
  • click Windows Update (lower-left)
  • If you see “Windows is up to date”, then all is well. If you see “Updates are available for your computer”, click “Install updates”.
 

For Windows XP:

Automatic Updates should be selected
To check: 
  • Click on the Start Button
  • right-click My Computer
  • choose Properties
  • click on the Automatic Updates tab. Make sure that “Automatic (recommended)” is selected and choose a convenient time.
 
Should you see a yellow icon in your computer’s system tray (lower-right of your computer screen) indicating that “New updates are ready to install”, click on it and install the updates.
 
If you want or need to get your important updates quicker than your specified time: Open a browser and go to http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com .
 

For MACs:

Automatic Updates should be selected.
To check:
  • Click on the APPLE Menu (upper-left of the Menu bar)
  • Choose System Preferences
  • Click on Software Update
  • In the Software Update tab, make sure that both “Check for updates” (choose Weekly) and “Download important updates automatically” are checked
  • Thereafter, whenever you are prompted that updates are ready to install, do so