Installing Microsoft Windows Updates Manually
     
(to configure automatic updating, click here)

Whenever the yellow Windows Updates shield appears (though it may not always appear with the info-balloon), double-click it and follow the prompts to install the available downloads.  If this method of update-installation gives you problems, such as an update refusing to install, updates taking a VERY long time, etc, then you should install Windows Updates manually.

 

1. To manually check for Windows Updates: In Internet Explorer, go to Tools à Windows Update

 
OR Type http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com in the address bar.

 

 

2.  Once the Microsoft Update page loads, choose Express. 
This will automatically select updates deemed “Critical” for installation.


 

 

 3. Microsoft Update will scan your computer for missing critical updates. 
This process may take a several minutes.

 

 

 4. Once your list of available updates comes up, choose Install Updates.

 

 

 5. As Windows updates download and install, a progress window will appear.  Installation can take as little as 60 seconds or as long as an hour or more, depending on the number of updates and your internet connection speed. 


6.  If prompted, Reboot your computer once updates are done installing.

 


 

 How to Set Up Automatic Updates

Method 1: Set automatic updates directly from the http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com site.

(To get to this screen, see step 1 in the tutorial above)

1. To ensure that critical updates are installed as needed, click the “Pick a time to install updates” link.



 (Note: You may first have to choose Turn Automatic Updates on (located in the same space on the Updates page).


 

 

2.  Choose a time to install that makes sense for your schedule.   You should pick a time when your computer is usually on, connected to the internet, and (preferably) idle.  For example: at lunchtime during a typical workday most computers are on and connected, but not in use.  For many people, this is an ideal time to allow Windows to update itself.  Then click on "OK."


Method 2:  Set automatic updates using your Windows Control Panel

1. Go to Start --> Control Panel

 

2a.1 If your Control Panel looks like the picture below (Category View), Choose Security Center. 
If your Control Panel does not look like this, click here.


2a.2  Then choose Automatic Updates.

2a.3  Choose the Automatic button, and choose a time to install that makes sense for your schedule.  Then click on "OK." 
You should pick a time when your computer is usually on, connected to the internet, and (preferably) idle.  For example: at lunchtime during a typical workday most computers are on and connected, but not in use.  For many people, this is an ideal time to allow Windows to update itself.

 

2b.1  If your Control Panel looks more like the picture below (Classic View), choose Automatc Updates.

 

2b.2 Choose the Automatic button, and choose a time to install that makes sense for your schedule.    You should pick a time when your computer is usually on, connected to the internet, and (preferably) idle.  For example: at lunchtime during a typical workday most computers are on and connected, but not in use.  For many people, this is an ideal time to allow Windows to update itself. Then click on "OK."

 

3.  Your Automatic Updates are now set.  You will still be notified by the Task Bar icon (shown below) that updates are available, ready-to-install, or currently installing.  It is advised that you reboot your computer as soon as possible if you are prompted to do so by Windows after installation.