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Windows Update

Windows Update serves to synchronize your operating system files with the newest developments for it at Microsoft. These can include free programs, security updates, bug fixes, drivers, or other extensions to the operating system. Using the Internet and Web technologies for updating your operating system means you don't have to wait for the next release of the operating system or install service packs to get interim updates.

Obtaining New Updates

The Windows Update command is found in several places, including the top of the All Programs section of the Start menu and on the Tools menu of Internet Explorer. Manually launching Windows Update gives you the ability to selectively download offered updates. However, you can easily configure Windows XP to download all relevant updates automatically. This setting is made on the Automatic Updates tab of the System applet (see the discussion earlier this chapter).


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