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The Windows XP Service Pack 2 - Step by Step guide includes the following topics:
Part 1: Better security with Service Pack 2 Part 2: Installing Service Pack 2 Part 3: The new Security Center Part 4: Automatic Updates Part 5: Virus protection Part 6: Windows Firewall Part 7: Protecting against buffer overflows Part 8: Improvements in Internet Explorer and Outlook Express Part 9: Uninstalling Service Pack 2
Part 4: Automatic UpdatesSecurity updates and service packs correct programming errors, add new features, and protect against newly detected security vulnerabilities that could harm a computer.
When you use Windows Update, the update software examines which updates are required and makes them available for installation. You can specify one of the following methods of installation:
How to configure Automatic Updates
- In the Security Center, click Automatic Updates under the Manage security settings for section.
- Alternatively, click Start, click Control Panel, and then double-click Automatic Updates.
- Select a method of installation, and then click OK.
Automatic (recommended)Automatic is the recommended default setting. (You can specify this setting when you install Windows XP SP2.) If this method is selected, Windows automatically searches for updates when you connect to the Internet. If a new update is available, Windows downloads and installs it at the specified time or at the next system startup. The Windows Update icon appears in the taskbar when Windows is performing this function.
NoteYou can visit Windows Update and manually install the updates, but this step is not required. You only have to take action if a restart is required. If this is the case, click Restart Now, or restart the computer later.
Download updates for me, but let me choose when to install themIn this case, Windows also searches for relevant updates. If a new update is available, it is downloaded but not installed. You must perform the installation manually.
- Click the Windows Update icon.
- Select Express Install, and then click Install.
NoteIf you click Custom Install, you see a list of the updates to be installed. You can then select which updates to install.
Notify me but don't automatically download or install themThis option enables Windows to search for relevant updates and only notifies you if a new update is available. You must download and install the update manually.
- Click the Windows Update icon.
- Select the updates that you want to download, and then click Download.
- When the download is completed, you can start the installation. Click the Windows Update icon again, and then click Install.
Turn off Automatic UpdatesIf you select this option, Windows does not search for updates. If you want to update a computer, you must do so manually by using the Update Web site. To do this, click Start, click All Programs, and then click Windows Update.
Update options in the Security CenterYour security status is only considered acceptable by the Security Center if you select the Automatic (recommended) option.
If Automatic Updates is deactivated, this situation will be classed as a security risk.
889736 Installing Service Pack 2 (Part 2)
889737 The new Security Center (Part 3)
889739 Virus protection (Part 5)
889740 Windows Firewall (Part 6)
889741 Protecting against buffer overflows (Part 7)
889742 Improvements in Internet Explorer and Outlook Express (Part 8)
889743 Uninstalling Service Pack 2 (Part 9)
Article ID: 889738 - Last Review: Oct 23, 2008 - Revision: 1