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Windows Security Center is the centralized location in Windows XP Service Pack 2 where users can learn about security and can perform security-related tasks. Security Center monitors the status of three major security functions: the firewall, Automatic Updates, and virus detection. If Security Center detects a problem with any one of these, it displays an icon and balloon message in the notification area.

By default, Windows checks to make sure that Automatic Updates is set to download and install security and other important updates to your computer automatically. If Automatic Updates is turned off, or if Automatic Updates is not set to the highest setting, Security Center provides recommendations to turn on or to adjust Automatic Updates.

More Information

To have us turn on Automatic Updates for you, go to the "Fix it for me" section. If you would rather turn on Automatic Updates yourself, go to the "Let me fix it myself" section.

Fix it for me

To fix this problem automatically, click the Fix this problem link. Then click Run in the File Download dialog box, and follow the steps in this wizard.

Turn Automatic Updates on

Turn Automatic Updates off

Note This wizard may be in English only; however, the automatic fix also works for other language versions of Windows.

Note If you are not on the computer that has the problem, you can save the automatic fix to a flash drive or to a CD, and then you can run it on the computer that has the problem.

Let me fix it myself

To turn on Automatic Updates yourself, follow these steps:

  1. Click Start, click Run, type wscui.cpl, and then click OK.

  2. Click Automatic Updates.

  3. The following options are available:

    • Automatic (recommended)
      This option lets you select the day and the time that updates are automatically downloaded and installed. This can be every day, or it can be on a specific day and time.

    • Download updates for me, but let me choose when to install them
      This option automatically downloads updates, but requires user interaction to install them.

    • Notify me but don't automatically download or install them
      This option notifies you that there are updates available. It requires user interaction to download them and install them.

    • Turn off Automatic Updates
      This option disables Automatic Updates. It provides a link to the Windows Update Web site where you can manually select, download, and install updates.

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