Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Windows 8 and Security Updates

Like earlier versions of the operating system, Windows 8 can check to see if software updates for your computer are available from Microsoft — and then install them for you so you don't have to remember to do it yourself.

Security updates and other software patches deemed important or critical are typically installed automatically when Microsoft pushes them out. (The company often releases the updates on the second Tuesday of each month, but it can happen as needed).

But even if you have the automatic updates option turned on, not all the software Microsoft sends you will install itself. Certain types of updates, including fresh versions of programs that have new user agreements or terms of service statements, require your attention because you are asked to read the legal fine print — or at least click the Agree button — before you can install the software.
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