Setting your operating system to receive automatic updates

Operating System Updates -- It is imperative that you keep your operating system patched and up to date to improve performance and to help ensure that your computer will be protected against known virus and spyware threats. To make sure that your computer is set to update automatically, please follow these instructions:

  • Mac OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion)
    • Make sure that you are connected to the Internet
    • Click on the Apple icon in the upper left hand corner of the screen
    • Choose Software Update
      • Software updates in Mountain Lion are handled through the App Store
    • Your computer will automatically search for updates via the App Store and show you what updates are available to install
    • Once the search has finished, click the Install button to begin updating your computer
    • To setup automatic updates, open the System Preferences from your dock on Applications folder in Finder
      • Choose Software Update
      • Check the boxes for "Automatically check for updates," "Download newly available updates in the background," and "Install system data files and security updates"
  • Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion) and earlier
    • Make sure that you are connected to the Internet
    • Click on the Apple icon in the upper left hand corner of the screen
    • Choose Software Update
    • Your computer will automatically search for updates and show you what updates are available to install
    • Once the search has finished, click the Install button to begin updating your computer
    • To setup automatic updates, open the System Preferences from your dock on Applications folder in Finder
      • Choose Software Update
      • Check the boxes for "Check for updates:" and "Download updates automatically"
      • If you choose to, you can also select the frequency with which you want OSX to check for updates
  • Windows 8
    • From the Windows 8 Start menu, just start typing Control Panel and then click on Control Panel when it comes up in the search
      • Note, you may also swipe in the right side menu bar when in your Desktop view and click the Settings icon
    • Click Control Panel
    • Click System and Security if you are in Category View
    • Click Windows Update
    • On the left side of the window, click Change settings
    • Select Check, Download, & Install
    • Click OK at the bottom
  • Windows 7 and Windows Vista
    • Make sure that you are connected to the Internet
    • Click on your start menu, select All Programs and then choose Windows Update
    • On the left, click Check for Updates to see if your computer needs updates.
    • To setup automatic updates, on the left click Change Settings and then choose the recommended option and set when you want your computer to download and install new updates. Note: this is the best and safest option
    • Then click OK at the bottom
  • Windows XP
    • Make sure that you are connected to the Internet
    • Click your start menu and then click programs (or All Programs) and click on Windows Updates at the top of the list
    • When the page loads, choose Express and the computer will check for available updates and install them automatically.
      • If you would like to see what updates are available, you can also choose Custom and it will allow you to pick and choose which updates to install. We highly recommend that you install all critical updates.