Configuration options available for updating xp

It is strongly suggested that you select Automatic (recommended) as the setting to use.

This setting provides the best protection as it will automatically install any new updates and just require a reboot from when you are next at your computer.

Please note that if your PC is not turned on (or not connected to the Internet) at the scheduled update time, Windows will still check for updates the next time you start or restart your computer.

While Microsoft mostly publishes security and stability updates on the second Tuesday of each month (Microsoft Office updates that are not security-related usually arrive a week earlier), there are times when critical fixes, stability updates and Service Packs are released outside the schedule.

That's why you should set your computer to look for available updates on a daily basis.

Windows 7 devices must have Service Pack 1 installed to continue receiving security fixes via Windows Update.

Clean installations without Service Pack 1 might fail to start BITS and Windows Update services.

Then double-click on the Automatic Updates icon as designated by the blue arrow in the image above.

You should now see the Automatic Updates screen as shown below: Automatic Updates Screen In this screen you can configure how you want Automatic Updates to work in Windows XP.

Either use the link above to download SP1 (the huge ISO file in the list applies to all Windows 7 computers), or use free WSUS Offline Update to download and install all necessary prerequisites, SP1 and latest security updates.

Windows Vista computers require Service Pack 2 to get latest updates from Windows Update.

By enabling your system to check for the latest version, you keep your system secure with the latest patch updates.

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