Many people have become accustomed to hearing about malicious programs such as worms and viruses. These worms and viruses exploit holes and problems left in Microsoft's operating systems. As Microsoft discovers these holes and problems, they release a patch that closes specific vulnerabilities exploited by worms and viruses. These patches are released through a program called Microsoft Windows Update. It's important to realize that by patching your system, you help immunize your computer from being infected by certain worms and viruses. This piece of documentation will walk you through manually running Microsoft Windows Update.
It is extremely important to note that Microsoft Windows Update in Vista ONLY works through the Control Panel. Microsoft Windows Update will NOT work through any web browser.
Open the "Start Menu" and click on "Control Panel."
Select "Classic View" in the lefthand menu.
Scroll to the bottom of the Control Panel and double click on "Windows Update."
In the lefthand menu, click on "Check for updates."
Windows will automatically check for both critical and optional updates online.
After Windows Updates finds important updates, click on the "Install updates" button.
Windows Updates will download the updates from the internet.
Windows Updates will then automatically install necessary updates.
Once the updates have installed, you must restart your computer for the changes to take effect. It is recommended that you restart your computer immediatley after installing the updates.
Last Update: 18 June 2010
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