To change settings for automatic updating

In Windows XP Home Edition, you must be logged on as a computer administrator to install components or modify Automatic Updates settings. In Windows XP Professional, you must be logged on as an administrator or a member of the Administrators group. If your computer is connected to a network, network policy settings might also prevent you from completing this procedure.

Windows might prompt you to restart your computer after certain components are installed. Please restart your computer when prompted; otherwise, your computer might not work properly.

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Open System in Control Panel.

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On the Automatic Updates tab, click the option you want:

Download the updates automatically and notify me when they are ready to install

Windows finds updates that apply to your computer and downloads these updates in the background (you are not notified or interrupted during this process). After the download is complete, an icon appears in the notification area with a message that updates for your computer are ready to be installed. To view and install the available updates, you can click the icon or the message. You can then select the specific updates that you want installed on your computer.

Notify me before downloading any updates, and notify me again when they are ready to install

When Windows finds updates that apply to your computer, an icon appears in the notification area with a message that updates are ready to be downloaded. After you click the icon (or the message), you can select the specific updates that you want downloaded. Windows then downloads the selected updates in the background. When the download is complete, the icon appears in the notification area again, this time to notify you that updates for your computer are ready to be installed. You can then select the specific updates that you want installed on your computer.

Turn off automatic updating; I want to update my computer manually

Windows will not keep your computer automatically up-to-date. You can turn automatic updating back on at any time by selecting one of the first two settings.

If you choose not to install a specific update you have downloaded, Windows deletes its files from your computer. If you change your mind later, you can download it again by first clicking Restore Declined Updates. If any of the updates you previously declined still apply to your computer, they will appear the next time Windows notifies you of available updates.

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Related Topics

Install updates that have been downloaded

Restore a previously declined update

Have Windows remind you about pending updates

Downloading available updates

Turn on automatic updates

Keeping Windows up-to-date automatically

To open System, click Start, click Control Panel, click Performance and Maintenance, and then click System

You can also change settings by clicking Settings when Windows notifies you about updates for your computer.

You can always install specific updates from the Windows Update Web site. Open Windows Update in Help and Support Center. 



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