Updating Windows XP
How do I install updates manually?
- Enter the Control Panel from the Start menu.
- Click the System icon in the Control Panel. If you don't see it, the Control Panel is in Category View. In that case, click Performance and Maintenance, and then under "pick a Control Panel icon" click System.
- In the System panel, select the Automatic Updates tab.
- Visit the Windows Update Web site through the link near the bottom of the window.
- You will need to view this page through Internet Explorer. If the site prompts you to install ActiveX, click okay.
- To view specific updates, click the 'Custom' button on the Welcome page. The left-hand menu lists broad categories of updates.
- Check the boxes next to the updates you wish to install, and click Install Updates in the left-hand menu.
How do I check to see if a specific update has been installed?
- On the Microsoft Update site described above, click Review your update history on the left-hand menu.
- Updates with a green checkmark under Status have been installed.
How do I set my operating system to update automatically?
- You can schedule your system to update automatically through the Automatic Updates tab in Start > Control Panel > System.
- We recommend you install updates automatically. Be sure to set the install time to a time your computer is usually on. Automatic downloads are for critical updates and security patches only. Optional patches or driver updates will not be installed. If you want those, you'll need to visit the Windows Update site.
- If you choose to the second ("Download updates for me, but let me choose...") or the third option ("Notify me..."), a dialogue box will pop up next to the update icon in your system tray prompting you to install the new updates.