How to Run Windows Update in Windows 7

by Steven S. Warren

Using Windows Update in Windows 7 keeps your laptop and desktop computer safer. Microsoft periodically releases updates and security fixes. By loading these updates, you are keeping your Windows computer safe from viruses, spyware and malware. With Windows Update, you have the ability to download updates and choose when to install, automatically have updates applied, check for updates only and/or never check for updates.

Click "Start," "All Program" "Windows Update." Alternatively, you can click the "Start" orb and type Windows Update in the instant search box. Windows Update appears in the list for you to choose.

Click "Check for updates;" it is located on the left hand-side of the open window. Windows 7 begins checking for updates. They are categorized as important and optional.

Click the "Important Update" link and choose all that apply. Once you are finished choosing your important updates, click "OK."

Click the "Optional Update" link and choose all that apply. Once you are finished choosing your important updates, click "OK."

Click "Install updates." Windows 7 downloads your updates and installs them. A reboot of your computer is required once the update process is complete.

About the Author

Steven S. Warren lives in sunny Florida. His articles and blogs have appeared on websites such as CIO Update, DevX, TechRepublic, SearchTechTarget, Datamation and DatabaseJournal. With more than 15 years of experience writing about technology, Warren's computer certifications include MCDBA, MCSE, MCSA, MCTS, CCA, CIW-SA, CIW-MA, Network+ and i-Net+. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Florida State University.