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Reinstalling Windows XP Home (Part 7): Running Windows Update

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This article is Part 7 of the Reinstalling Windows XP Home guide. This part explains how to run Windows Update.

To view the other topics of the Reinstalling Windows XP Home guide, see the Microsoft Knowledge Base articles that are listed in the "References" section.

The Reinstalling Windows XP Home guide includes the following topics:
Part 1:  IntroductionPart 2:  Preparing Windows XP for reinstallationPart 3:  Creating partitionsPart 4:  Installing WindowsPart 5:  Post-installing devicesPart 6:  Configuring the work environmentPart 7:  Running Windows Update
Programs are constantly revised and enhanced. This includes Microsoft Windows XP. You should make sure that you have the latest version installed.

Windows Update is an easy way of staying up-to-date with the latest version of Windows XP. You can use the Internet and download the latest updates at any time.

After reinstallation, there are generally several updates available. To simplify things, you should install the most recent service pack first. The most recent service pack for Windows XP is Service Pack 2 (SP2). You do not have to install SP2 if you used a Windows installation CD that included this service pack.

Installing SP2

For more information about how to install Windows XP Service Pack 2, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
889736 Windows XP Service Pack 2 (Part 2): Installing Service Pack 2
As soon as you have completed the installation of Windows XP SP2, you may want to install several other updates that were released after Windows XP SP2 was released. To install those updates, you can run Windows Update.

Running Windows Update

  1. Connect to the Internet.
  2. Click Start, select All Programs, and then click Windows Update.

    Start - All Programs - Windows Update

  3. The Update Wizard connects to the Update Web site and searches for the latest software versions.

    Searching for software updates

  4. During this process, a warning message may appear. Click More options.

    IE security warning - Options hidden

  5. Select your preferred option, and then click Install.

    IE security warning - Options displayed

  6. Click Install now, and then click Express Install.

    Upgrade Windows Update

    Windows Update - Express installation

  7. The Update software searches for new updates.
  8. After a short wait, the most important updates are listed. Click Install Updates.

    Important updates displayed

  9. To accept the terms of the License Agreement, click I Accept.

    EULA for updates

  10. The updates are then downloaded and installed.

    Updates are being downloaded and installed

  11. After the updates are downloaded and installed, you may have to restart the computer. To do this, click Restart now.

    Updates successfully installed - Restart prompt

  12. You can now configure Automatic Updates. Click Start, and then click Control Panel. Double-click Automatic Updates. A convenient option is Download updates for me, but let me choose when to install them.

    Options for configuring Automatic Updates

For more information about this topic, click the following article numbers to view the articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
Part 1 Introduction
Part 2 Preparing Windows XP for reinstallation

Part 3 Creating partitions

Part 4 Installing Windows

Part 5 Post-installing devices

Part 6 Configuring the work environment
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