Windows 7: Using the Microsoft Windows Update Service

Last Updated: 08/19/2015
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OIT asks the campus community to ensure that their Microsoft Windows computers are updated. The process to update the computer may take 10 minutes or longer depending on how long it takes to download the software. OIT strongly encourages you to take this effort to protect your computer to that it is not compromised by an attacker or virus.

If your computer is compromised, it will be disconnected from the network until it is repaired. A compromised computer must be reformatted and reinstalled. The reinstallation process typically requires 4 to 12 hours and is highly disruptive. Until the computer is repaired, access to the Internet, your e-mail, and all other network resources will be blocked.

If you have any questions or need more information, please contact your departmental system administrator or the IT Service Center at 303-735-HELP.

This tutorial applies to the following operating system(s):

Step 1

Open Windows Update by clicking the Start button . In the search box, type Update, and then, in the list of results, click Windows Update.

Step 2

In the left pane, click Check for updates, and then wait while Windows looks for the latest updates for your computer.

Step 3

If you see a message telling you that important updates are available, or telling you to review important updates, click the message to view and select the important updates to install.

Step 4

In the list, click the important updates for more information. Select the check boxes for any updates that you want to install, and then click OK.

Step 5

Click Install updates.

Step 6

Windows Update will download and install the updates.

Step 7

After installation, you will be asked to restart your computer. Go ahead and do the restart, then check Windows Update again for additional critical and important updates.

OIT recommends that you configure your computer to do automatic updates.

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