All versions of Windows must have regular Windows
updates in order to remain current.
There are three ways to perform Windows Updates, through the Start Button, through Internet
Explorer or through the Control Panel. All three will take the same length of
time. Which ever you choose just make sure to do the updates regularly,
as new updates come out at least once a month. You must be connected to
the Internet during the updates.
Through the Start Button
This is probably the easiest way to do the Windows Updates.
Click the Start button
- Then Click the Windows Updates Icon or Menu
This will take you to the
Windows update page for your specific version of Windows.
Click on "Scan for Updates" in the webpage.
The webpage will change
progressively from 0% to 100%. This can take some time
as the website is completely checking your computer
for all known updates and fixes. Once complete click
on "Review and Install Updates" (Note: Clicking
on "Review and Install Updates" will install only the
"Critical Updates and Service Packs")
Click on "Install now"
You may have to restart your
computer after the installation is complete. Without
restarting your computer most updates will not work.
After restarting your computer go
through these steps again and make sure there are NO "Critical
Updates and Service Packs". Once all Critical Updates and
Service Packs have been completed you will receive the message, You
have successfully updated your Windows operating system!
However you may have other optional updates available to you
under Driver updates or Custom. Just click on the corresponding area of
the Windows update page and it will allow you to install
those additional features.
Through Internet Explorer
Open Internet Explorer.
Then click Windows Update and
follow the steps above
Through the Control Panel
Go to Settings
Click Control Panel
Click the Windows Update Icon
and follow the steps above