The user’s computer can be set to automatically accept updates or the updates can be installed manually. Updates are usually distributed by Microsoft on Tuesdays. If the computer is set to automatically receive updates, the user is only required to leave the computer on. Users also have the option to not install Windows updates.
After installing Microsoft updates, users may have problems with one of their hardware devices malfunctioning. This can occur as a result of a driver failure. This problem can be corrected by uninstalling and reinstalling the driver or reverting back to a previous version of the driver. Drivers for certain devices can be found on the installation disk for the device or on the manufacturer’s website.
2. Software Conflicts:
Installing the Windows updates may produce a variety of errors. Errors can be caused by several reasons, such as software conflicts. The Microsoft Update Solution Center (see Resources section) lists many errors that are associated with Windows updates and some troubleshooting steps that users can follow to resolve them.
3. Time Frame:
It is appropriate to set aside enough time to dedicate to installing the Windows update. Some computers may take longer than others to install the update. The install may be lengthy if there is an issue with installing the update, such as it hanging (getting stuck). If the install hangs, be sure that all documents and programs on the computer are closed. Any third-party programs that are open can cause a conflict with the install and cause it to take longer to install.
Microsoft offers a Windows Installer CleanUp Utility (see Resources section) that assists users in removing any installation files left on their PC. The utility is a good tool to use if a Windows update has been initiated but was interrupted or stopped by the user and did not complete the install process. The tool helps to remove the interrupted installation files so that the Windows update installation can be re-started and a clean install can occur.
It is recommended that users close any firewalls or virus protection programs that may be open on their computer prior to installing their Windows updates. These types of programs can cause the Windows updates not to install properly. Although the programs conflict with the Windows update installation, the user should use discretion when closing these programs, since the computer will no longer be protected from attacks.