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Wilfrid Laurier University Information Technology Services
April 16, 2014
 
 
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Updating Your Computer



What is Windows Update?


Windows Update is an online Microsoft utility that helps you to keep your computer up-to-date to protect your computer and keep it running smoothly.

How does it work?


Windows Update can be successfully completed by following a simple four-step process:

  1. Start Windows Update from Start menu OR the Help and Support Center home page OR by starting your Internet Explorer browser, selecting Tools and then Windows Update.

  2. When you enter Windows Update, click Scan for updates.

  3. Updates that are available for your system will be listed and Critical Updates will be automatically selected for download. Browse through the available updates in each category, click Add to select the update of your choice and add it to the collection of updates you want to install.

  4. When you have selected all the updates that you want, click Review and install updates, and then click Install Now.

    Note : Some updates may require that you restart your computer. Save your work and close any open programs before beginning the installation process.


Critical Updates are important!


Any update that is critical to the operation of your computer is considered a "Critical Update," and it is vital for the security and continued operation of your computer to install all critical updates as soon as they become available. Not updating your computers software will inevitably lead to loss of your ResNet connection and possibly personal information when your computer becomes compromised by viruses and or hackers.

Setting up Automatic Updates


To turn on Automatic Updates for your computer:

  1. Go to Start and open Control Panel, and then double-click Performance and Maintenance and then select System. Click the Automatic Updates tab, and then check the Keep my computer up to date.

  2. Click one of the following options:
  • Notify me before downloading any updates and notify me again before installing them on my computer.

    After you set this option, Windows recognizes when you are online and uses your Internet connection to search for downloads from the Windows Update Web site.

    An Automatic Updates icon and message appear in the notification area of your Taskbar when new updates are available to download or install. Click the icon or message to view the updates. If you donít want to download a selected update, click to clear the check box next to that update to decline it. Click Start Download to download the selected updates. The Automatic Updates icon remains in the notification area of your Taskbar while the updates are being downloaded. You can point to the icon to view the download status. To pause (or resume) the download, right-click the icon, and then click Pause (or Resume).

    When the download is complete, another message appears in the notification area to inform you that the updates are ready to install. Click the Automatic Updates icon or message, and then click Install to install the updates.

  • Download the updates automatically and notify me when they are ready to be installed.

    After you set this option, Windows recognizes when you are online and uses your Internet connection to automatically download updates from the Windows Update Web site. An icon appears in the notification area of your Taskbar when the updates are being downloaded. You can point to the icon to view the download status. To pause (or resume) the download, right-click the icon, and then click Pause (or Resume).

    When the download is complete, a message appears in the notification area. Click the Automatic Updates icon or message. If you donít want to install a downloaded update, click Details, and then click to clear the check box next to that update to decline it. Click Install to install the selected updates.

  • Automatically download the updates, and install them on the schedule that I specify.

    If you click this setting, click to select the day and time for scheduled updates to occur. After you set this option, Windows recognizes when you are online and uses your Internet connection to find updates on the Windows Update Web site that apply to your computer.

    Updates are downloaded automatically in the background, and you are not notified or interrupted during this process. An icon appears in the notification area of your Taskbar when the updates are being downloaded. You can point to the icon to view the download status. To pause (or resume) the download, right-click the icon, and then click Pause (or Resume).

    When the download is complete, another message appears in the status area so you can review the updates that are scheduled for installation. If you choose not to install at that time, Windows starts the installation on your set schedule.
     3.  Click OK button to complete Automatic Update setup.

You have updated your computer?


You are almost there - now you need to Secure your computer from Spyware/Adware/Malware that can break your connection and steal personal information from your computer without your consent. If you are having problems with your connection please check the Troubleshooting Connection guide before contacting ResNet.