One of the very many topics you need to thoroughly understand for Exam 70-270: Installing, Configuring, and Administering Microsoft Windows XP Professional, is Automatic Updates. You need to understand the different between the various update options and you need to know how to configure them.

With Automatic Updates, administrators and users have more control over how updates are downloaded and installed. It allows you to configure how and when Windows should be updated with the latest product updates. For example, updates can be downloaded automatically and installed at a pre-configured schedule. The options available with Automatic Updates include:

  • Automatic (recommended) – Any updates found on the Windows Update site will be downloaded in the background and installed at the pre-configured schedule. By default, updates are installed every day at 3:00 AM.
  • Download updates for me, but let me choose when to install them – Updates from the Windows Update site will be automatically downloaded. An icon will then appear with a message that the updates are ready to be installed. Clicking on the icon will launch the installation of the updates.
  • Notify me but don’t automatically download or install them – Selecting this option means that before any updates are downloaded from the Windows Update site you will receive a notification. You will also receive notification before the updates are ready to be installed.
  • Turn off Automatic Updates – You will need to manually check Windows Updates.

You can configure Automatic Updates in Windows XP using the steps outlined below.

  1. Right click My Computer and click Properties.
  2. Click the Automatic Updates tab from within the System Properties dialog box.
  3. If automatic update is not enabled, click the Automatic (recommended) option or one of the other two options described earlier.
  4. Click OK.

Windows XP allows you to specify a schedule that tells Windows when to install new updates on your computer. A handy feature for those of you who do not want updates installed when you are busy using your computer for other tasks. You can configure a schedule so the updates are installed when your computer is not being used for anything too important. The process of configuring a schedule is very straight forward. From the Automatic Updates tab, use the drop down arrows under the Automatic (recommended) option to specify the day and time of day that you want updates installed.

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