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Updating Your Operating System

Configure your computer to automatically update or "patch" your operating system.

Updating your computer regularly will help avoid attacks by hackers and viruses. A virus on your computer can affect all other users on your network.

Follow these directions to comply with UC San Diego's Network Security Minimum Standards and protect your network, computer, e-mail, and data.

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Windows XP

Configure Windows XP to automatically download Microsoft updates when they become available.

  • Right-click My Computer and select Properties.
  • Click the Automatic Updates tab.
  • Check Automatic (recommended) and then save your changes.
  • When your computer prompts you to check for or install updates in the future, do so as soon as possible.

For more information, see Microsoft Windows Update.

Windows Vista/7

Configure Windows Vista/7 to automatically download Microsoft updates when they become available.

  • Click on Windows Logo, then All Programs.
  • Click Windows Update.
  • On the left side task bar, click on Change Settings.
  • Check Install Updates Automatically (recommended), and choose a day and time when your computer is usually on.
  • Check the Recommended Updates and Update Service/Microsoft Update options, and then save your changes.
  • When your computer prompts you to check for or install updates in the future, do so as soon as possible.

For more information, see Microsoft Windows Update.

Mac OS X

Configure Mac OS X to automatically download system updates when they become available.

  • Using the Apple menu or the icon on your dock, open System Preferences and click Software Update.
  • Click Check Now. If updates are available, click Continue.
  • After the update is complete, you will be prompted to restart your computer.
  • To set up regular updates, return to the Software Update window, and choose Weekly from the Check for updates drop-down menu.
  • Check Download important updates automatically and close the window to save your changes.
  • When your computer prompts you to check for or install updates in the future, do so as soon as possible.

For more information, see Apple Support.

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