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How do I turn on automatic updates for Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Mac OS X?

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To keep your computer running in a smooth and safe state, many technicians recommend that you enable automatic updates on your computer. Automatic updates will allow your computer to receive the latest security and computer updates. Although automatic updates will occasionally require you to manually approve an update, in general this tool creates an automated update system so you don't have to check for software updates manually. 

To install automatic updates on your computer, follow the instructions below.

 

Windows XP

Start menu ->
Settings ->
Control panels ->
Select: Automatic Updates
Verify or click radio button next to "AUTOMATIC (recommended)".
Select a time when your machine will be powered on and won’t bother you while it’s updating.

Click, OK.


Example: You can run automatic updates every day at 1PM while you’re at lunch. If you leave your machine as is, the default time of running automatic updates at 3AM every day is fine.

Windows Vista and Windows 7

Start Menu ->

Control Panel->

Windows Update ->

Change Settings->

Verify or choose the option under important updates that reads “install update automatically (recommended)”

Select a time when your machine will be powered on and won’t bother you while it’s updating.


Example: You can run automatic updates every day at 1PM while you’re at lunch. If you leave your machine as is, the default time of running automatic updates at 3AM every day is fine.

Mac OS X

This system should automatically inform you every time there is an important update. However, if you would like you can check for software updates by clicking the apple on the top left corner and clicking on “software updates” in the drop down menu.

 

If you need more information or need assistance in setting up automatic updates, contact the ITS Help Desk at (619) 260-7900 for more assistance.