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First Time Windows Update

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Many people are not aware of , or haven’t used, Windows Update from the Microsoft web site.

The updates are free, easy to do, and fix the many security issues in Windows and Internet Explorer. There are also improvements to Windows add-ins such as Windows Media Player.

One very nice feature of the Microsoft update feature is that you don’t need to know which version of software will work on your computer. Windows 98, ME, 2000 Pro, and XP will only receive the correct updates. The Windows update feature will determine what you need automatically.

Windows 98, 98SE, Windows ME, Windows 2000 Pro, Windows XP.
As a minimum, update Internet Explorer to version 6. The update will do this for you.

First Time Windows Update

If you’re interested, you can find your version by starting Internet Explorer. On the top right click Help then About Internet Explorer and read the Version. Version 5.5 was the first to allow you to connect to your bank or securely order products on the internet and is pretty dated by now.

Windows XP
Windows XP service pack 2 added the “security center”. It gives you a warning when your automatic updates are not turned on. Before service pack 2, you had to start updates yourself.

How to update your computer at the Microsoft Updates web site
Start Internet Explorer, Click Tools, Click Windows Update You’ll be taken to the update web site and just follow the directions.Special note: You will put the update installer on first so be prepared to reboot your computer a few times.

If you version of Internet Explorer is an older version, you may not be able to get to the Microsoft Update web site using the regular method.