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Description of the Automatic Updates feature in Windows
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This article describes the Automatic Updates feature in Microsoft Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP.
For more information about Automatic Updates in Windows 7, click the link below to view the article on the Microsoft Website:
Understanding Windows automatic updatingFor more information about Automatic Updates in Windows Vista, click the link below to view the article on the Microsoft Website:
Understanding Windows automatic updating
The Automatic Updates feature is included with Windows 7, Windows Vista and Windows XP. With the Automatic Updates feature, Windows can automatically keep the computer up to date with the latest updates and enhancements. You no longer have to search for critical updates and information; Windows delivers them directly to the computer. Windows recognizes when you are online and uses your Internet connection to search for downloads from the Windows Update Web site or from the Microsoft Update Web site. An icon appears in the notification area every time new updates are available.
You can specify how and when you want Windows to update the computer. For example, you can set up Windows to automatically download and install updates on a schedule that you specify. Or, you can have Windows notify you whenever it finds updates available for the computer. Windows will then download the updates in the background. This lets you continue to work uninterrupted. After the download is complete, an icon appears in the notification area with a message that the updates are ready to be installed. When you click the icon or message, you can install the new updates in several simple steps. If you do not install a specific update that has been downloaded, Windows deletes its files from the computer. If you change your mind later, you can download the update again by restoring declined updates.
For more information on how to configure Automatic Updates, see the article below for your version of Windows.
For Windows 7, click the link below to view the article on the Microsoft Website:
Change how Windows installs or notifies you about updatesFor Windows Vista, click the link below to view the article on the Microsoft Website:
Change how Windows installs or notifies you about updatesFor Windows XP, click the link below to view the article on the Microsoft Website:
306525For more information about how to configure Automatic Updates by using Group Policy or registry settings, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/306525/ )How to configure and use Automatic Updates in Windows
328010For more information about how to schedule Automatic Updates, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/328010/ )How to configure automatic updates by using Group Policy or registry settings
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/327838/ )How to schedule automatic updates in Windows Server 2003, in Windows XP, and in Windows 2000