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Chapter 27. Smooth System Sailing: Wield... > Using Automatic Updates to Keeping U... - Pg. 326

Smooth System Sailing: Wielding the System Tools 326 · Details--Click this button to see what the heck was downloaded. Note that each item has a check box beside it. If you prefer not to install an item, deactivate its check box. · Remind Me Later--Click this button to bypass the installation for now. The Update Reminder icon will pester you about it again later on. · Install--Click this button to install the new component. To change your Automatic Updates settings, click Start, right-click My Computer, and then click Properties. In the System Properties dialog box that appears, use the Automatic Updates tab to adjust your settings. Note, too, that this tab also has a Previous Updates section that enables you to be notified again of any earlier updates that you turned down for some reason. The Least You Need to Know · The Tools tab--If you highlight a hard disk in My Computer and then select File, Properties, the resulting dialog box has a Tools tab with three buttons: Check Now (which runs Check Disk), Backup Now (which runs Backup; Windows XP Pro only), and Defragment Now (which runs Disk Defragmenter). · Administrator-only tools--To run Check Disk and Disk Defragmenter, you need to log on to Windows XP with Administrator-level privileges. · Bad-sector check--Bad hard disk sectors can cause all kinds of woes. Therefore, you should activate Check Disk's Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors check box about once a month or so. · What's the frequency, Kenneth?You should run Disk Cleanup every couple of weeks, Check Disk every week (and the bad-sector check every month), and Disk Defragmenter every week (every month if your machine gets only light use). · XP updating made easy--If you want your version of Windows XP to always be up-to-date, be sure to turn on XP's new Automatic Updates feature and let it handle everything for you.