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Install Important Windows Updates

Microsoft releases important updates on the second Tuesday of each month (e.g. Patch Tuesday). Ag IT recommends that you install these updates as soon as you see the alert.

Enterprise Network (EN) computers have been configured to automatically receive important updates. You may be prompted to install these automatic updates in two ways.

  1. Automatic Updates message
    If Windows updates were downloaded and applied overnight, you may see this message displayed on your computer. You should leave this message as is for the moment. If you have any open applications (Outlook, Word, etc.), switch to their windows. Save any open documents. Then click Restart Now.

    Windows updates

  2. System Tray alert
    You may see a Windows Update icon in your system tray (lower right corner of screen).
    Windows Updates icon
    If you place the mouse over the icon, you will see a message similar to the one below. Windows Updates mouseover

    If you have any open applications (Outlook, Word, etc.), switch to their windows. Save any open documents. Click on the Windows Update icon to apply the updates. If asked, restart the computer.

How to Verify that Windows Updates have been applied

You can easily check to see if updates have been applied successfully.

  1. Open Internet Explorer.
  2. From the Tools tab on the menu bar select Windows Update.
  3. The Windows Update dialog box will open, click the View update history link on the left.
  4. This will display the list of updates and the date applied.

 

How to Install Windows Updates Manually

  1. Open Internet Explorer.
  2. From the Tools tab on the menu bar select Windows Update.
  3. Click on Check online for updates from Windows Update located in the middle of the window.
  4. If items are found, click the Install Updates button.
  5. If you are asked to Restart the computer, please do so.

    Note: If you were asked to restart the computer, repeat Steps 1 - 5 until all the Windows updates are applied. When this happens, you won't find any listed in Step 4.