How to configure Automatic Updates in Windows XPBy Lawrence Abrams on August 8, 2012 | Last Updated: December 13, 2012 | Read 9,596 times.
In order to protect Windows XP, it is important to have Automatic Updates properly configured in Windows XP. This tutorial will help you configure Automatic Updates so that new updates are automatically installed or you are alerted when they become available. To view and change the settings for Automatic Update in Windows XP, please follow these steps:
Open the Control Panel by clicking on the Start Menu and then selecting the Control Panel option. When the Control Panel opens, it should look like the following image:
If your Control Panel screen does not look the same, click on the Switch to Classic View link, which will be located where the red arrow is pointing in the image above. Then double-click on the Automatic Updates icon as designated by the blue arrow in the image above.
You should now see the Automatic Updates screen as shown below:
In this screen you can configure how you want Automatic Updates to work in Windows XP. The available settings are:
It is strongly suggested that you select Automatic (recommended) as the setting to use. This setting provides the best protection as it will automatically install any new updates and just require a reboot from when you are next at your computer.
You now know how to change the Automatic Update settings in Windows XP.
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