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Windows Automatic Updates

Changing the status of Automatic Windows Updates on your Windows Machine.

To turn ON automatic updates:

    1. Open System in the Control Panel.
    2. Click On the Automatic Updates tab.
    3. Check the check box next to Let Windows keep my computer up-to-date.

To turn OFF automatic updates:

    1. Open System in the Control Panel.
    2. Click On the Automatic Updates tab.
    3. Uncheck the check box next to Let Windows keep my computer up-to-date.

Notes:

    1. To modify Automatic Updates settings, you must be logged on as an administrator or a member of the Administrators group. If your computer is connected to a network, network policy settings might also prevent you from completing this procedure.
    2. Windows might prompt you to restart your computer after certain components are installed. Please restart your computer when prompted; otherwise, your computer might not work properly.
    3. You can always install specific updates from the Windows Update Website using Internet Explorer.

Once Windows Update has been configured:

    • You no longer have to search for critical updates and information; Windows delivers them directly to your computer.
    • Windows recognizes when you are online and uses your Internet connection to search for downloads from the Windows Update Web site.
    • An icon appears in the notification area each time new updates are available.
    • You can specify how and when you want Windows to update your computer. For example, you can set up Windows to automatically download and install updates on a schedule you specify, or you can choose to have Windows notify you whenever it finds updates available for your computer; it will then download the updates in the background, allowing you to continue working uninterrupted.
    • After the download is complete, an icon appears in the notification area with a message that the updates are ready to be installed. When you click the icon or message, you can install the new updates in a few simple steps.
    • If you choose not to install a specific update that has been downloaded, Windows deletes those files from your computer.
    • If you change your mind:

    1. Click the Start menu.
    2. Open Control Panel then System
    3. Open the Automatic Updates tab
    4. Click Declined Updates.
        • If any of the updates you previously declined still apply to your computer, they will appear the next time Windows notifies you of available updates.