System and critical updates are important to keep your system protected from security holes, hackers, and software bugs. Windows XP can automatically run these updates for you. To find out how to configure XP to autoupdate, click on “Continue Reading” below.
You have four options for autoupdating your Windows XP system. You can have XP notify you before downloading updates and notify you again before installing the updates. You can have XP automatically download the updates and then notify you when they are ready to be installed. You can have XP automatically download and install the updates on a schedule you specify. Or, you can turn off autoupdates altogether.
To modify your autoupdate settings for Windows XP, use the following steps.
1. Click on START.
2. Click on either CONTROL PANEL or SETTINGS, then CONTROL PANEL (depending on how your desktop is configured).
3. If you are using Category View, click on PERFORMANCE & MAINTENANACE, then the SYSTEM icon. If you are using Classic View, simply click on SYSTEM.
4. Click on the AUTOMATIC UPDATES tab.
5. Click on the KEEP MY COMPUTER UP TO DATE option to either turn on or off autoupdates.
6. If you turn autoupdates on, you will then be able to choose from the three autoupdate options mentioned previously. Simply click on the radio button next to the option you want to select.
7. Click on APPLY, and then click on OKAY.
NOTE: System and security updates are crucial to protecting your system. You may also want to review and install application updates as well.