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How do you make windows update get and install updates automatically? Or at least download them and notify me to install?
 
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this is for win XP
goto control panel then click on system then click on automatic update then check keep my computer up to date bla bla bla then under settings on same tap click on what ya want to do set your own or watever ya want then click apply and ya are done



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it is greyed out and won't let me do anything, what could be the problem?
 
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In Windows XP Home Edition, you must be logged on as a computer administrator to install components or modify Automatic Updates settings. In Windows XP Professional, you must be logged on as an administrator or a member of the Administrators group. If your computer is connected to a network, network policy settings might also prevent you from completing this procedure.
 
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Hi lschul,

Turn on the Automatic Updates feature

Click Start, point to Settings, and then click Control Panel.
Double click Automatic Updates.

Important: If Automatic Updates does not appear, click view all Control Panel options.


Click Automatic Updates

Select an Automatic Updates setting. Microsoft recommends selecting Automatically download updates and notify me when they are ready to be installed. Follow the rest of the steps to complete setting up Automatic Updates.


Click Automatically download updates and notify me
when they are ready to be installed

Next, get up to date using Windows Update

Here's how you can bring your computer up to date with security updates that are currently available. You can also use these instructions to keep up with the latest non-critical updates:

Go to the Windows Update website at http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com.
On the Windows Update site, click Scan for Updates. Windows Update then scans your computer and displays a pre-selected list of critical updates, including security updates and service packs.


Click Scan for updates


Important: Slower modems might take several hours to download all recommended updates the first time you use Windows Update. Download times might vary, depending on modem speed and how many updates your computer needs. To reduce download times, run Windows Update when you are not using your computer for other Internet-related tasks.
Under Pick updates to install, click Critical Updates and Service Packs. Windows Update then creates a list of the updates that are appropriate for your computer.
Click Review and install updates.
Select the updates to install, then click Install Now. You might have to restart your computer after installing the updates.


Click Review and install updates

Note: Be sure to go back to Windows Update after installation to check for any additional downloads. You may need to do this several times.
 
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lschul said:
it is greyed out and won't let me do anything, what could be the problem?
If this is your problem,the first thing to check in this case would be to go to Start/run and

type services.msc
Scroll down to automatic updates and double click on it, ensure the

start-up type is automatic and the service is started. Then view the

automatic update tab in system properties again.

99.9% of the time this is the cause, if you have an issue starting the

service you may want to try going to start/run and entering sfc

/scannow

Keep your xp cd handy in case you're asked to chuck it into your cd rom
 

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This is my laptop and I am running XP Pro, I am the only one logged on, so I am not exactly sure how to get it to work, how do I work the adminitartor angle?
 

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I am the administraotr on this computer too so I am not sure why this is happening?
 

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Got It! I just did the serivces.msc thing, thanks Rude!
 
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rude said:
If this is your problem,the first thing to check in this case would be to go to Start/run and

type services.msc
Scroll down to automatic updates and double click on it, ensure the

start-up type is automatic and the service is started. Then view the

automatic update tab in system properties again.

99.9% of the time this is the cause, if you have an issue starting the

service you may want to try going to start/run and entering sfc

/scannow

Keep your xp cd handy in case you're asked to chuck it into your cd rom
Did you try this?
 
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