Running Windows Update

Hopefully your machine is setup to automatically update Windows whenever and update is distributed by Microsoft. That is usually (but not always) the 2nd Tuesday of the month. That is why that day is called “patch Tuesday”.  Your system may be notified a day or two later, depending on schedule, you may not have your machine on when the download is sent, or you may be getting your downloads from another source (at Vanderbilt we distribute the downloads locally to Vanderbilt owned computers), so you may not always update on Tuesday.  Also,  in the event of a serious security breach identified inside of Windows, Microsoft, at its discretion may offer updates at other times during the month.

Updates are divided into two categories: important and optional. They also include additional Microsoft products such as Office and any printer drivers you may have. You should install the important updates and make an informed judgment on the optional ones. If, for example, it is a foreign language update you never use then don’t worry about updating that. Because we have not certified the latest versions of all versions of IE when they come out we also recommend that you hold off updating IE until you get the all clear from us. Unfortunately you often don’t realize you are updating IE until it is too late and you have already done it. If IE creates a problem for you, just contact anyone in Informatics for advice on how to work around the problem or retro install back to a previous version of IE.

To update Windows make sure you are connected to the Internet using a broadband connection (either on campus, DSL, or cable modem). Do not try to update Windows using a cell card, even a 4G cell card at this time. Bring up your copy of Internet Explorer. Find the Tools dropdown menu and look for (and click) the Windows Update choice.

But, what if you are using IE9 and there is no Tools dropdown? Perhaps this is the top of your browser:

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Not a problem. Right click in the blank area between the tabs and the little home icon.

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Click Menu bar to make it checked.

Now you will see the menu bar with Tools as an option.

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Click on Tools and  you will see Windows Update.

Click on Windows update will display something like this. Click on the Install Updates button to begin the install.

When you click Restart you will see a screen warning you not to turn off your computer. It will tell you how many updates it is installing and where it is in the process. As your computer comes back on it will tell you what percent along the way the installation process is at. Just be patient and you will see your home screen as you expect it to be.

After rebooting if your computer is acting oddly you can always restore back to the way your system was before you ran the updater. Windows always makes a restore point before doing any updates.

Run Windows update one more time. You can see I now have more updates to install. Run through the process again, however this time notice there is no Install Updates button.  Instead, click the circled area below.

Check the ones you want (I will check them all) and click OK.

Now go back and click the Optional update list.

Again, I will check all 3 and click OK.

Now you will see an Install Updates button showing. Click it.

You will keep repeating this process until there are no more updates to install.