Windows 7: System Update Settings

This section provides a tutorial example on how to review and modify Windows 7 system update settings to automatically keep your system updated with security patches.

After checked and installed the latest updates for your Windows 7 system, you should review your system update settings allow Windows 7 to automatically receive updates from Microsoft:

1. Go to "Control Panel\System and Security\Windows Update" and click on "Change settings". You will see the Windows update settings screen.

2. Review and select the following settings:

Choose how Windows can install updates

When your computer is online, Windows can automatically check for 
important updates and install them using these settings. When new
updates are available you can also install them before shutting down
the computer.

Important updates: Install updates automatically (recommended)
   Install new updates [Every day] at [7:00 AM]

Recommended updates:
   [ ] Give me recommended updates the same way I receive important
       updates

Who can install updates:
   [x] Allow all users to install updates on this computer

Microsoft Updates
   [x] Give me updates for Microsoft products and check for new
       optional Microsoft software when I update Windows
       
Software notifications
   [ ] Show me detailed notifications when new Microsoft is 
       available

3. Click "OK" to save changes.

From now on, Microsoft will keep your Windows 7 system updated automatically with security patches.

The picture below shows you the Windows 7 system update status screen with "View update history" and "Check for updates" links:
Windows 7 System Update Settings

Last update: 2013.

Table of Contents

 About This Windows Security Book

 Windows 8: System Security Review

 Windows 8: System Security Protection

 Windows 8 System Recovery

 Windows 8 Defender for Real-Time Protection

 Windows 7: System Security Review

Windows 7: System Security Protection

 Windows 7: System Update Status

Windows 7: System Update Settings

 Windows 7: System Firewall Settings

 Windows 7: System Firewall Advanced Settings

 Windows 7: System Firewall Inbound Rules

 Windows 7: System Firewall Outbound Rules

 Windows 7: Manage System Firewall Rules

 Windows 7: Firewall Alert on Blocked Connection

 Windows 7: Firewall Allowed Programs

 Windows 7: Action Center Security Messages

 Windows 7: Action Center Security Message Settings

 Windows 7 System Recovery

 Windows 7 Forefront Client Security

 Norton Power Eraser - Anti-Virus Scan Tool

 McAfee Virus and Malware Protection Tools

 Spybot - Spyware Blocker, Detection and Removal

 Keeping Firefox Secure

 Keeping IE (Internet Explorer) Secure

 Malware (Adware, Spyware, Trojan, Worm, and Virus)

 HijackThis - Browser Hijacker Diagnosis Tool

 IE Add-on Program Listing and Removal

 "Conduit Search" - Malware Detection and Removal

 "Tube Dimmer", "Scorpion Saver" or "Adpeak" Malware

 Malware Manual Removal Experience

 Vundo (VirtuMonde/VirtuMundo) - vtsts.dll Removal

 Trojan and Malware "Puper" Description and Removal

 VSToolbar (VSAdd-in.dll) - Description and Removal

 PWS (Password Stealer) Trojan Infection Removal

 MS08-001 Vulnerability on Windows Systems

 Antivirus System PRO

 References

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