Automatic Update Notifications for Windows VISTA
After releasing Windows Vista to the public, Microsoft has continued to update the the product in order to:
- Fix errors that users have encountered
- Provide new and updated features
- Ensure maximum compatibility with new hardware and software
- Address security vulnerabilities in the operating system
This guide is designed to help you recognize legitimate updates from Microsoft in order to prevent your computer from becoming infected with viruses and spyware by fraudulent update notices.
Note: Depending on your version of Windows Vista and your system settings, the update process may differ slightly from what is outlined in this guide. If you experience any issues while performing the steps, please contact the IT Helpdesk for assistance.
Look for the Windows Vista update notification icon in the task tray at the bottom right corner of your desktop.
Move your mouse pointer over it, but DO NOT CLICK IT. A notification message should appear saying "New updates are available"
Note: If your icon has a different appearance or a different notification message appears, please contact the IT Helpdesk for clarification, as this may be a fraudlent update notice.
Once you have determined that this is a legitimate update, double-click the Windows Update icon .
Once the Windows Update window appears, click Install Updates.
Note: If User Account Control is enabled, Windows will alert you for permission to continue with the updates. Click Continue to allow Windows Update to continue.
Note: This will only install Important updates. If you would like to select additional updates, you may click the View available updates link to select any additional updates. (Not recommended)
The update installation will begin. Please be patient, as this process may take some time to complete. During this time, make sure not to turn off, restart, or log off your computer.
Note: While the updates are installing, the window may be minimized so updates can be installed without interrupting your work.
When the installation is complete, you will receive a notification that the installation is complete, click the Restart now button.
Note: Some updates may not require you to restart your computer.
While the computer is restarting, it may need to configure additional updates. DO NOT turn off your computer while updates are being configured, as this may prevent your computer from starting up.
After your computer restarts, there may be additional updates. This is caused by the fact that some updates require prior updates to be installed. Thus, if you see additional updates, repeat the steps in this guide.
Congratulations! You have successfully installed system updates for Windows Vista. If you have an questions or concerns, please contact the Helpdesk at email@example.com or 229-245-HELP (4357). Please note that our work request system can only accept emails sent from a VSU email address.