Enable Windows Automatic Updates

The Internet is constantly changing, and Microsoft Windows also needs to change to remain as reliable and secure as possible. To keep Windows current, Microsoft releases software updates about once per month.

If you don't want to check for new updates each month, Windows can automatically download and install them for you using the Automatic Updates feature. This means that you can keep your computer up to date without having to remember to do anything (except leave your computer turned on and connected to the Internet).

To enable Automatic Updates:

1. Go to "Control Panel" and launch "Automatic Updates".

2. Make sure "Automatic (recommended)" is selected, change the settings for the update as required, then click "OK".


1. Use your Microsoft Internet Explorer to visit Microsoft Update.

2. On the right side of the page, Internet Explorer displays the current status of Automatic Updates:

If Automatic Updates is turned on, your computer is protected. Windows XP will automatically install updates. You don't need to follow the rest of these steps. To check other aspects of your computer's security, read Make your system more secure.

If Automatic Updates is turned off, click Turn on Automatic Updates.

3. In the Automatic Updates window, click OK.

Microsoft typically releases updates once per month. Your computer will automatically download and install those updates. You may be prompted to restart your computer in order for the updates to take effect.