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Setting your Operating System to receive Automatic Updates

Overview: 

Operating System Updates-- It is imperative that you keep your operating system patched and up to date to improve performance and to help ensure that your computer will be protected against known virus and spyware threats.  To make sure that your computer is set to update automatically, please follow these instructions:

Details: 

Mac OS X 10.8/10.9 (Mountain Lion/Mavericks)

  • Make sure that you are connected to the internet
  • Click on the Apple icon in the upper left hand corner of the screen
  • Choose "Software Update"
    • Software updates in Mountain Lion are handled through the App Store
  • Your computer will automatically search for updates via the App Store and show you what updates are available to install
  • Once the search has finished, click the "Install" button to begin updating your computer
  • To setup automatic updates, open the "System Preferences" from your dock on your "Applications" folder in Finder
    • Choose "Software Update (10.8)"or "App Store (10.9)"
    • Check the boxes for "Automatically check for updates," "Download newly available updates in the background," and "Install system data files and security updates"

Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion) and earlier

  • Make sure that you are connected to the Internet
  • Click on the Apple icon in the upper left hand corner of the screen
  • Choose "Software Update"
  • Your computer will automatically search for updates and show you what updates are available to install
  • Once the search has finished, click the "Install" button to begin updating your computer
  • To setup automatic updates, open the "System Preferences" from your dock on your "Applications" folder in Finder
    • Choose "Software Update"
    • Check the boxes for "Check for updates," and "Download updates automatically"
    • If you choose to, you can also select the frequency with which you want OSX to check for update

Windows 8

  • From the Windows 8 Start menu, just start typing "Control Panel" and then click on the "Control Panel" icon when it comes up in the search.
    • Note: you may also swip in from the right side menu bar while in Desktop view and click the "Settings" icon
  • Click "Control Panel"
  • Click "System and Security" if you are in Category View
  • Click "Windows Update"
  • On the left side of the window, click "Change Settings"
  • Select "Check, Download, & Install"
  • Click "Ok" at the bottom

Windows 7

  • Make sure you are connected to the Internet
  • Click on your "Start Menu" in the bottom left corner of the screen
  • Select "All Programs" and then choose "Windows Update"
  • On the left, click "Check for Updates" to see if your computer needs updates.
  • To setup automatic updates, on the left, click "Change Settings" and then choose the "recommended" option and set when you want your computer to download and install new updates
    • Note: this is the best and safest option
  • Then click "Ok" at the bottom

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