Windows Automatic Update Setup

Published: March 12th, 2012

Category: Computer Help, Miscellaneous

The Windows Update feature of Windows Vista, XP is the easiest way to keep your system secure and current as new updates become available. This feature will automatically download and install the updates when one (or more) is available. This service is automatically turned on for all College Workstations, Laptops, Servers and Home machines. Note:Home machines that have not been replaced since before January of 2008 will NOT have this feature automatically enabled. Therefore the intructions below will enable you to turn automatic updating on your UF supplied home machine or even your own personal machine. Personal machines will be updated directly from Microsoft but UF machines will contact the PHHP update server.

Windows Vista

  1. Go to “Control Panel”
  2. Click Security
  3. Click Windows Update
  4. Click “Change Settings” on the left side
  5. Select the top option that starts with “Install updates automatically…”
  6. Set a time of your choosing, but know the computer will need to be on at this time
  7. Click OK
  8. Close Control Panel
  9. You’re done

Windows XP

  1. Right-click “My Computer” on the desktop
  2. Click Properties
  3. Click the Windows Update tab
  4. Check the check box at the top of the window that starts with “Keep my computer up to date…”
  5. Select the bottom option in the Settings frame that starts with “Automatically download the updates…”
  6. Set a time of your choosing, but know the computer will need to be on at this time
  7. Click OK
  8. You’re done