Windows Vista: Using the Microsoft Windows Update Service

Last Updated: 08/15/2017
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This tutorial applies to the following operating system(s):


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 email, 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.

Step 1

Open Internet Explorer. You can do this by clicking on the Start button, selecting All Programs and then clicking on Internet Explorer.

Step 2

Once Internet Explorer has opened click on the Tools menu and select Windows Update.

Step 3

Internet Explorer will connect to Windows Update. Click on Check for updates to get started.

Step 4

You will see something like the window below as Microsoft Windows Update determines what software is needed to update your computer.

Step 5

Once the needed updates are found click on 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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