Is my computer up to date?

Your computer is up to date when you’ve installed the latest updates for Windows and for your computer programs. To get updates for Windows and other Microsoft programs at the same time, including updates for Microsoft Office (Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint, and more), go to the Microsoft Update website.

If you’re already using Microsoft Update, which works with Windows automatic updating, Windows Update in the Control Panel will automatically open and display your update status.

Turn on automatic updating

To help ensure that you get your updates automatically, click Change settings. Under Important updates choose Install updates automatically (recommended).

If you don’t want to use Microsoft Update, you can follow these steps to get updates just for Windows:

  1. Open Windows Update by clicking the Start button , clicking All Programs, and then clicking Windows Update.
  2. In the left pane, click Check for updates, and then wait while Windows looks for the latest updates for your computer.
  3. If any updates are found, click Install updates.  If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.

To check for updates for other software programs and devices, go to the publisher’s or manufacturer’s website.


About the Author
Eve Blakemore

Group Manager, Trustworthy Computing

Eve Blakemore is a Group Manager for Trustworthy Computing who delivers consumer guidance around the latest trends in security and privacy. Eve joined Microsoft in 1998 and has worked in corporate and field roles with Microsoft Learning, US Public Sector, Read more »

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  1. Anonymous

    Isn't this a basic functionality of windows?

  2. Anonymous

    I have been trying to download service pack 3 for my window xp home edition and cannot complete the install.  Is there any help out there?

  3. Anonymous

    I found these instructions were not straightforward to understand.

  4. Anonymous

    I have had my system in the shop.. they fixed it to the point that Microsoft won't even recognize the files that tells it that I am "Authentic" .. I cannot update at all.. even my Word2002 keeps asking me and I cannot..

    What gives?

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