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Using Windows Update to Install Software and Drivers
This document pertains to HP Notebook PCs with Windows Vista and Windows 7.
If you are using Windows XP, see HP Notebook PCs - Using Windows Update in a Browser to Update Microsoft Software in XP .
Windows Update is a utility designed to help keep your computer current and more secure by downloading and installing the latest security and program updates for both the Vista operating system and the Microsoft products installed on your PC. HP recommends that the Microsoft Windows Update be used on a regular basis to locate and install the latest fixes and enhancements for your products.
Understanding Windows Update
The Windows Update utility determines which updates are applicable to your computer and then downloads and installs them automatically. To ensure that your computer stays up to date, you should select the options to install both the Important and the Recommended updates automatically.
- If an update requires a restart to complete the installation process, you can schedule this action for a specific time when it won't disrupt your work. You can also postpone a previously scheduled restart until your current work is complete.
- If a software update applies to a file in use, Windows can save the application's data, close the application, update the file, and then restart the application.
To manage the update process, Windows Update provides options that give you control over how you are notified about updates, as well as the ability to review and approve updates before they are downloaded or installed. At any time, you can also proactively check for and install any available updates using the Windows Update control panel. You can scan for updates, review details about each one, access your updating history, and manage your updating preferences.
Manually start the update process
Although Windows Update can be set to check for updates on a regular schedule, you can create a system restore point to back up your system settings and start the Windows update process at any time. To determine the current status of your computer and run the Windows update, do the following:
- Click Start , type Windows Update in the Search field, and then select Windows Update from the list.
- In the Windows Update page, click Check for updates in the left pane.
- If updates are available and displayed on the window, click Install updates and follow any prompts. Some updates may take time to install or require the computer to be restarted.
Your PC has now been updated with the most recent drivers and patches available through Microsoft.
Setup a schedule for automatic updates
The Windows Update utility can automatically download and install both Important and Recommended updates. Since updating occurs in the background, and flexible options are provided for completing the updating process.
You should also changes the settings to allow the automatic update from Windows, as follows:
- Open the Windows Update program (as described above) and select Change settings in the left pane.
- Under Install updates automatically , select the day and time settings that best fits your needs, and then click OK .
Your PC is now set to automatically check and accept any critical updates that become available when you are online. You can change these settings if your wish.
Troubleshoot Windows Update errors in Windows 7
If you receive any errors while running the Windows Update utility under Windows 7, use the Windows Update Troubleshooter to try to resolve them. To run the Windows Update Troubleshooter:
- Click Start , enter find and fix problems in the search field, then select Find and Fix Problems from the search results list.
- Under the System and Security troubleshooting category, click Fix problems with Windows Update .If you're prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.
- When the Windows Update Troubleshooter opens, click Next and follow the on-screen instructions.
If you continue to experience errors in Windows Update after running the troubleshooter, visit the Microsoft Support Site for additional tips and instructions.
Reset Windows Update in Windows Vista
To reset the Windows Update components automatically in Windows Vista, click the Fix it button or link below.
NOTE:This Fix it Solution has two modes Default and Aggressive. You should run the Fix it solution in Default mode and determine if it resolves your problem with Windows Update before running it in Aggressive mode.