Configure Microsoft Update for Windows


Microsoft update their software every month to ensure its security and reliability.

As a result, it is recommended that all NUIG staff ensure that their PCs are setup to receive their updates.

This procedure is written for Windows 7 client PCs which are the recommended desktop operating system in NUI Galway.

You need a valid network connection for this procedure to work and also please save and close any open documentation you may have.

STEP 1. Click on the Windows button where the Windows Menu will appear

The Search button at the bottom will be visible

STEP 2. Type in Windows Update in the Search Button

The Windows Update menu will appear at the top. Click on it.

STEP 3. Click on the Check for Updates button. Click on it and it will find updates for you.

At the bottom of the screen it will tell you what updates it is looking for.

The default for Windows is to receive updates For Windows Only

On the Get updates for other Microsoft Products - click on Find out More

STEP 4. Tick the box for I agree to the Terms of Use for Microsoft Update

Click Next

Microsoft Update will find all updates that are required and ask you to Install them. This may take a while to do depending on the amount of updates it needs to install.

STEP 5. When you subsequently go into Windows Updates, you will see that you will receive updates For Windows and other products from Microsoft Update

If you want to double check what the default settings are for Windows Update in terms of when it checks for updates, go into

  • Control Panel
  • System and Security
  • Windows Update
  • Change Settings