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Computer Security Updates

Windows XP

Windows XP is no longer supported by Microsoft and will no longer be receiving security updates. It is recommended that you upgrade to Windows 7 or newer.

Windows Vista

Windows Vista has Windows update built into the operating system. You can access it in the Programs list of the Start Menu. It allows you to set a schedule for the updates. It is recommended that you set it to search for updates daily and that you have it automatically download and install your updates.

Because Microsoft Update is a separate add-on, you should visit the Microsoft Update website. Microsoft Update differs from Windows Update in that it downloads important updates for all Microsoft products, including MS Office, while Windows Update only downloads updates for the Windows operating system.

Windows 7

Windows 7 has Windows Update built into the operating system. Windows Update will also search for updates to other Microsoft applications, such as MS Office. You can search for it in the Search Bar in the Start Menu. It allows you to set a schedule for the updates. It is recommended that you set it to search for updates daily and that you allow it to automatically download and install your updates.

MacOS X

You can run Apple Software Update by going to the Apple menu in the menubar and choosing Software Update. You can set a schedule for Software Update to automatically check for updates and download them by going to System Preferences and choosing Software Updates. It is recommended that you set it to check for updates daily and have it automatically download them.

Windows 8

Windows 8 has Windows Update built into the operating system. You can search for it in the Search option in the Side Menu, accessed by dragging the mouse to the lower right-hand corner or the screen or, if you have a touchscreen, swiping from the right side of the screen to the left. It allows you to set a schedule for the updates. It is recommended that you set it to install updates automatically. Windows Update will also search for updates to other Microsoft applications, such as Microsoft Office. To set this up, check the boxes that say "give me recommended updates the same way I receive important updates" and "Give me updates for other Microsoft products when I update Windows."

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