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Updating Windows Automatically

This article explains how to enable automatic updates for Windows.

Microsoft Windows is both the most popular and most compromised operating system available. While an out of the box configuration of Windows is not a secure option, Microsoft regularly releases patches (or collections of patches called "Service Packs") that address these issues, usually before they become a problem. 

Automatic Updates with Windows 8

  1. From the Start screen, begin typing control panel, and ensure that Settings is highlighted for the Search.
  2. Click on Control Panel in the Search results.
  3. Select Windows Update.
  4. Select Change settings from left-hand navigation.
  5. Update preferences and select a time that your computer is normally powered on.
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  6. Click OK to save settings.

Automatic Updates with Windows 7

  1. Click Start > Control Panel > Windows Update.
  2. Select Change settings from left-hand navigation.
  3. Update preferences and select a time that your computer is normally powered on.
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  4. Click OK to save settings.



Keywords:automatic, security, update, patches, service, pack   Doc ID:15955
Owner:Mike W.Group:University of Chicago
Created:2010-12-01 19:00 CDTUpdated:2017-05-22 09:46 CDT
Sites:University of Chicago, University of Chicago - Sandbox
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