February 16, 2010 – Microsoft releases Critical Updates

Windows Updates

Windows Automatic Update Update is a feature in the Windows operating system that allows critical updates released by Microsoft to be automatically installed on an end user’s computer at a scheduled time. For SJU managed windows machines, this time is automatically set by SJU Information Technology. Windows Automatic Update is an extremely useful feature because it ensures that necessary updates are installed in a timely manner without requiring the user to physically visit the Windows Update site and download the update. The downloading and installations are performed in the background without requiring the user to stop their normal tasks.

What does it look like when my computer has updates waiting to be installed?

When Software Update has discovered critical updates that need to be installed on your computer, a small yellow shield will appear in the lower right hand corner near the time. This shield indicates that the updates are currently being downloaded. If you place the mouse pointer over the shield a small box will pop up to show you what percentage of the updates have been downloaded.

Windows Update shield

If the downloads have been completed it will then notify you to restart in order to complete the updates.

What to do to ensure your computer has the latest updates

SJU owned computers do have Windows Automatic Updates configured. These automatic updates that are configured to be downloaded and installed. These include high-priority updates, security updates, critical updates, and service pack releases. Although updates are set to update and install automatically, once installed, it may require the end user to click on the yellow shield to finish the update process or restart the computer. When a restart of the computer is needed and not completed after updates, the computer could potentially be unprotected as the update process was not completed.

If you are not prompted with a pop-up notification in the loser right hand corner by the time, you can manually access it through:

http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com/

Click to choose either Express or Custom installation.
• Express finds high-priority or important updates for your computer which you install with one click.