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WINDOWS UPDATES TIPS

Windows Updates is an essential part of keeping your computer running smoothly & up to date on security patches released from microsoft. You can also set up your computer to automatically notify you when there are new updates.

You must be connected to the Internet to perform these updates.

To get to Windows Updates go to your START BUTTON, Microsoft/Windows Update will be located at the top of your start menu [under the All Programs if your running XP]. Click on this & it will take you to the Windows Update Page.

You will then see microsoft scanning your computer, if you have not run the windows genuine validation tool, it will tell you so and you must follow their instructions as you can not get any windows updates unless they perform this scan on your computer, it is basically just clicking the accept or scan button. Once you have done that they will then scan your computer again this may take several minutes depending on your connection speed. When it is done you will see 2 buttons, EXPRESS & CUSTOM.


Click on EXPRESS INSTALL to allow microsoft to automatically download and install all updates needed for your computer. Sometimes
this can take awhile as they have a lot of updates for XP.


Click on CUSTOM INSTALL if you would like to see what updates are available and you control which ones are downloaded and installed.


If you choose to CUSTOM INSTALL, a new page will then load & all the updates needed for your computer will be listed. Microsoft will list the updates into categories for example: HIGH PRIORITY; OPTIONAL SOFTWARE and OPTIONAL HARDWARE. You should always do the high priority updates.


To get the updates simply check or uncheck the updates you want or don't want, then click on the INSTALL button. It is usually located on the top left of the page or right above the list of updates your computer needs.


Once you have clicked on INSTALL, the downloading will start. When the download is finished it will automatically install it for you, then it will usually prompt you to restart your computer when finished, which you should do.

If you would like a lesson on how to go through the updates please Email us.

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