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How to Change Windows Automatic Updates

by Heather Marlman
  • Overview

    Adjust your settings for Windows automatic updates so that updates are downloaded and installed during a time when your computer is not in use. Windows gives you various options with regards to updates, including the ability to turn them off completely.
    Adjust your Windows updates settings to keep your computer running smoothly.
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  • Step 1

    In Windows XP, go to the "Start" button and choose the "Control Panel." In Vista, click on the "Start" button, go to "All Programs" and click on "Windows Update." In Windows 7, type "Updates" into the search bar and select "Windows Updates" from the displayed options.
  • Step 2

    Within the Control Panel in Windows XP, select the "Automatic Updates" icon. In Windows Vista and Windows 7, click "Change Settings" from the options in the pane displayed on the left.
  • Step 3

    In the automatic updates window, select the type of updates you want Windows to perform, and how those updates should be installed. To have Windows automatically download and install updates, select a day and time from the pull-down menus.
  • Step 4

    Click "OK" to apply the changes that have been made.
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  • Use caution when selecting the option to disable Windows updates. Many updates are essential for the security of your operating system, and missed updates can leave your computer vulnerable or unstable.
  • Use caution when selecting the option to disable Windows updates. Many updates are essential for the security of your operating system, and missed updates can leave your computer vulnerable or unstable.

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