Wednesday, July 1, 2009


Update Windows Manually | Skip Automatic Updates

Microsoft issues security updates for Windows, Office, and Internet Explorer every second Tuesday of each month, commonly known as Patch Tuesday. Occasionally, the company issues emergency out-of-cycle patches as well. 

The best way to receive these is to set your Windows system (XP, Vista, or 7) to download and install them automatically upon release. Read More On Configering Automatic Updates.

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Well, If you turned off Automatic Updates (fourth option). Doing so puts the burden of obtaining crucial security updates entirely on the person running the computer; consequently, this option is suitable only for the most disciplined of PC users. 
If you wish to turn off Automatic Updates, here is how you can obtain and install windows update manually

Check for Updates Yourself
Microsoft maintains two different sites where you can find the latest patches. Windows Update ( provides the latest security updates for the Microsoft operating system as well as updates for additional Microsoft products such as Office and Internet Explorer.

Windows Update actually resolves to ( The update site was moved a few years ago after criminal hackers targeted the Windows Update URL. Regardless of how you arrive there, the update site when viewed in IE should take inventory of your system (via an ActiveX component) and then display the recommended updates and invite you to choose between Express and Custom installation.

There are some caveats. If you use Firefox, the Microsoft update site won't work. Instead, you'll need to use a Mozilla add on that conveniently opens a session of Internet Explorer at the Windows Update page.

If you don't want to open IE, or if you use some other browser, go to the second site, Microsoft Download Center, click Download Category in the top toolbar, and select Windows Security and Updates from the pull-down menu. Here, you'll find many updates that are not specific to your machine--but if you know what you're looking for, you can find it in the list.

Well, if something went wrong once you install windows updates, you can uninstall and recover from the problem. Read Here: Solve Problems Caused By Windows Update / Restore From Installed Updates

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