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Updating the Windows 7 Operating System

It is important that you download and install the critical updates that Microsoft has released for the Windows operating system. In particular, these updates close security vulnerabilities that can allow a malicious user to access your system. All University equipment with Windows 7 Operating System installed is configured to run Windows Updates automatically.

Microsoft never sends patches by e-mail. Beware of e-mail claiming to be from Microsoft with attached Windows patches. Microsoft does provide an alert service informing subscribers when security updates are released. However, that service refers users to the standard Microsoft update procedures.

The directions below show you how to do this for the Windows 7 operating system, using the Windows Update selection from your computer's Start menu.

Running Windows Updates

  1. In order for Windows Update to function properly, your computer's date needs to be set correctly. Before running Windows Update for the first time, check your computer's date setting to be sure it's accurate.

    Go to the Date and Time Properties window. You can get there by right-clicking on the clock in your computer's toolbar and then selecting Change Adjust Date/Time. You can also get there by selecting Date and Time from the Control Panel.


    Set the date and time if necessary. Then click OK.

  2. Click on your computer's Start button.

  3. In the search box, type Update, and then, in the list of results, click Windows Update.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. Click Install Updates.

    Read and accept the license terms, and then click Finish if the
    update requires it.  If you're prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.

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Updated: Thursday, January 16, 2014


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