Windows Update actually plays a very important role on your computer. It’s through this system that patches and service packs can be pushed to your machine. If you are unsure of the importance of patches, keep in mind they can help you avoid making a phone call to computer support. That’s because they often deal with security issues in your version of Windows. Without the patches, you could be vulnerable to problems, which may have a serious impact on your machine.
There are times when it just isn’t convenient to let Windows Update run, and for that reason, you actually can take control of when it runs and in what way. This how-to guide will cover changing Windows Update settings on a Windows 7 computer. The process can be different depending on your Windows version, and if you can’t seem to get it to work, then contact a computer repair service for assistance.
Changing the Settings
If you decide you don’t like the current settings for Windows Update, then here is a simple guide to help you so that you don’t necessarily need computer support for this issue.
- Click on the start button at the bottom left of the screen and then choose control panel from the start menu.
- Click on system and security. You may not see this depending on your icons configuration. In that case, look for Windows Update.
- If you chose system and security, then click on Windows Update now.
- Click on change settings. It will appear to the left of the Windows.
- Now, you can have control over how Windows 7 can receive updates and then install them.
One option is to check the boxes for download and install. If you do this, you essentially give Windows all of the control. It will automatically go through the process for you. You can choose from a drop down box to pick a few other options. For example, if you choose important updates, then it will only do the automatic process on things that are considered vital for your computer.
You can even choose if you want your computer to update on a certain day of the week or every day.
If you don’t want to use the automatic settings, then you can uncheck both boxes. In this case, your computer will not check for updates, will not download them, and will not install them. Computer support professionals do not recommend this because you could be missing out on important patches and downloads that will help keep your machine safe. There are actually different ways you can configure updates. Just make sure you understand the settings you choose, and if you don’t, then get computer help from a professional before choosing anything.
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