Windows Update Feature in Vista

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Before you start

Objectives: Learn how and where to configure Windows Updates feature in Vista.

Prerequisites: you have to know what are updates.

Key terms: updates, windows, installed, download, programs, vista, check, configure, control

Windows Update Location

We can configure Windows Update feature in Start > All Programs > Windows Update, or we can find it in Control Panel > System and Maintenance > Windows Update.

Windows Updates

Windows Updates

Notice that in our case there are 15 important updates that we should install. We are using Vista Ultimate so we also have some additional (Extras) available for download. On the menu on the left we can choose to manually check for updates. We can also choose to change the update settings.

Update Settings

Update Settings

Notice that in our case the system will check for updates, but we will choose when to download them and install them. Starting from Vista we can also choose to download and install recommended updates automatically. On the previous window we can also choose to view update history.


Update History

On this list we can right-click any update and view the details about it. On this windows there is a link to “Installed Updates”. From Installed Updates we can remove particular update if we need to.

Installed Updates

Installed Updates

Installed Updates can be found in Control Panel > Programs > Programs and Features > Installed Updates.