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Windows XP - Configuring for Automatic Updates

This document explains how to configure Windows XP to Automatically run/download critical updates from microsoft.

Windows 9x/2000/XP

NOTE: Windows 95/98, Windows Me, Windows 2000, and Windows XP are no longer supported by the Help Desk. We can only provide best effort support. If we are unable to resolve your Windows 9x/2000/XP issue, you may be able to find help in Microsoft's Knowledge Base.

These products are no longer actively supported by Microsoft. No further development will take place on these products and security updates are no longer issued. It is highly recommended that you upgrade to Windows 8, 7, or Vista.

To configure Windows XP for Automatic Updates you will need to do the following:
  1. Click on the Start button and then select the Control Panel.
  2. Click Performance and Maintenance.

    Note - If the Performance and Maintenance category isn't visible, click Switch to Category View on the upper left of the window.

  3. Click System to open the System Properties dialog box.

  4. On the Automatic Updates tab, check the box next to "Keep my computer up to date." Choose a setting. We strongly recommend choosing "Download the updates automatically and notify me when they are ready to be installed."

  5. Apply and the changes and click OK.

  6. After you've set up Automatic Updates, you will see a notification balloon in the lower right portion of the screen (task bar). Click the notification balloon to review and install the downloads.

    Note: Automatic Updates do not download non-critical updates. Also, it will not download critical updates released before you set up your Automatic Updates.

Keywords:windows xp configure automatic microsoft updates   Doc ID:2492
Owner:Brian H.Group:DoIT Help Desk
Created:2004-01-07 19:00 CDTUpdated:2014-04-08 15:54 CDT
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