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Keeping Windows Updated

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No piece of software is 100% secure. People are always finding security holes and bugs in software, and Microsoft is constantly issuing fixes.

This How-To Article shows you the best way to access all of those fixes, by using the Windows Update web site.

Keeping Windows Updated

1. Microsoft's Windows Update web site is available at Click here to open the Windows Update web site.

Tip: You need to be using Microsoft Internet Explorer to access the Windows Update web site. This is because the site uses ActiveX components which are supported only in Internet Explorer.

2. From the navigation bar on the left, click "Product Updates".

3. The Windows Update web site will now check your computer to see what updates you need.

4. The most important and critical updates will be automatically selected. There are also some featured updates and downloads, while not required, can be a help to you. Check off any other downloads you want to include.

Tip: To find more out about a particular download, click the "+" sign next to the item's check box.

5. Once you have finished making the changes to your selections, click the "Download" button, from the top right part of the page.

6. Next, you will be presented with a confirmation page confirming that you want the downloads installed.

7. Once you are sure you want to download the updates, click "Start Download".

8. The download will now start.

Tip: Depending on the download, you may be presented with a License Agreement. You must agree to download the updates.

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