How to Update Windows Automatically - dummies

By Corey Sandler

Part of Fix Your Own Computer For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Setting up Windows to update automatically is easy, though the steps to automatic updates depend on your operating system version. If you don’t know how to perform software updates, you won’t benefit from application improvements, bug fixes, and new security defenses, including ones to prevent virus and malware attacks. Follow these instructions and get new versions of software online.

Windows XP and Vista

  1. Choose Start→Control Panel.

  2. Double-click the Automatic Updates icon.

  3. Check Automatic.

  4. Specify how often and when to check for updates.

Windows 7

  1. Choose Start→Control Panel.

  2. Click System and Security.

  3. Choose Turn Automatic Updating On or Off.

    This option is in the Windows Update section.

  4. Choose Install Updates Automatically.

    This option is in the Important Updates menu.