How to Run Windows Update in Windows 7

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Using Windows Update in Windows 7 keeps your laptop and desktop computer safer. Microsoft periodically releases updates and security fixes. By loading these updates, you are keeping your Windows computer safe from viruses, spyware and malware. With Windows Update, you have the ability to download updates and choose when to install, automatically have updates applied, check for updates only and/or never check for updates.

  • Click "Start," "All Program" "Windows Update." Alternatively, you can click the "Start" orb and type Windows Update in the instant search box. Windows Update appears in the list for you to choose.

  • Click "Check for updates;" it is located on the left hand-side of the open window. Windows 7 begins checking for updates. They are categorized as important and optional.

  • Click the "Important Update" link and choose all that apply. Once you are finished choosing your important updates, click "OK."

  • Click the "Optional Update" link and choose all that apply. Once you are finished choosing your important updates, click "OK."

  • Click "Install updates." Windows 7 downloads your updates and installs them. A reboot of your computer is required once the update process is complete.

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