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Windows 7 - How to Use Windows Update

Keeping your computer up to date is very important for security, reliability and much more. Every week, Microsoft releases new updates for its current operating systems. These should be installed as soon as possible. It is possible to have Windows 7 automatically download and install updates. Alternatively, you can update your computer manually if you find the automated process intrusive. Windows Update also provides updates for other Microsoft products such as Windows Live Essentials, Microsoft Security Essentials and Microsoft Office. You can access Windows Update by opening the start menu and clicking the shortcut under "All Programs." Alternatively, you can just type "Windows Update" into the start menu search box and press Enter. The Windows Update control panel section will appear where you can configure settings and download and install updates. Follow this guide to learn how to use the various features of Windows Update.

1 – Configuring Windows Update
Click the "Change settings" link in the left of the Windows Update interface. On the next screen, you can choose to update your computer automatically or manually as and when you wish to. Unless you are an advanced user, it's best to leave Windows 7 to download and install updates automatically. If you find this feature intrusive, a good compromise is to set Windows Update to check for updates automatically and only alert you when there are new updates available. You can then download and install them when you want to.
On shared computers, you may prefer to remove the check from the box beside "Allow all users to install updates on this computer." This will prevent users with standard accounts from installing unwanted updates. In most cases, you are best off keeping the remaining settings turned on since this allows you to easily receive information about non-essential updates and updates for other Microsoft software installed on your computer.
When you've chosen your settings, click "OK" to return to the main page of the Windows Update interface.

2 – Manually Downloading and Installing Updates
Click the "Check for updates" link. Windows will check for any available updates. This may take a few minutes, especially if your computer has not been updated for some time. Once the process is complete, Windows Update will tell you how many important updates are available as well as how many optional updates you can download.
You should download all important and recommended updates. Installing optional updates is a good idea too and it certainly won't do your computer any harm. Select the updates that you want to install and then click "OK" to continue. The amount of time it takes depends on the amount of updates available and the speed of your Internet connection. Once all of the updates are downloaded, Windows will install them. After this process is complete, you will likely be asked to restart Windows. You can choose to do this later or choose for Windows to remind you after a certain amount of time.


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