How To Turn On Automatic Windows Update In Windows XP And Vista
By on November 22nd, 2008

Microsoft periodically releases updates to the operating systems they support, most of the updates are patches for loopholes which have been exploited in the operating system by hackers. It is highly advisable to keep your system up-to-date with the patches released by Microsoft.

However many users are oblivious to the fact that updates have been released and remain vulnerable till they have been successfully applied to their computers. Windows Operating System have the ability to automatically connect to the update servers and download the updates to your computer, however many users do not turn it on, here are some simple steps that will help you turn on the automatic updates on your computer.

These tips will help you activate automatic updates on Windows XP and Windows Vista. We have created two separate sections that will show you how to turn on automatic updates in Windows XP and Vista.

Turning On Automatic Updates In Windows XP

Step 1: Click on Start and navigate to Control Panel.

Step 2: In the Control Panel window click on Performance and Maintenance and click on the System link in the options for the category. If you are using classic view for Control Panel you can directly click on the System icon.

Step 3: In the new window that opens up, click on the Automatic Updates tab and tick the radio button (small circle) next to the text Automatic (recommended).

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You can select the time and day automatic updates should be downloaded and applied to your computer, if you are a bit more tech savvy you can tick the radio button next to the option Download updates for me, but let me choose when to install it, so that you can have control over when the updates are applied to your computer.

Turning On Automatic Updates In Windows Vista

Step 1: Click on Start and navigate to Control Panel.

Step 2: In the Control Panel window, click on the Securitylink.

Step 3: In the new page click on the Turn automatic updating on or offlink listed under Windows Update.

Step 4: In the new page, check the radio button (small circle) next to Install updates automatically (recommended).

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You can select the time and day automatic updates should be downloaded and applied to your computer, if you are a bit more tech savvy you can tick the radio button next to the option Download updates but let me choose when to install it, so that you can have control over when the updates are applied to your computer.

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