Windows Update is included in Control Panel. To check for updates:
Click the Start button, click All Programs, and then click Windows Update
Then you will be taken to either the install updates windows or the Windows is updated window from there you can learn lots about your updates and settings. If you do need to install updates you will have to restart your computer after the updates are installed.
Click on "Install updates"
NOTE: NEVER TURN OFF YOUR COMPUTER WHILE UPDATES ARE INSTALLING. IT CAN LEAD TO BIG PROBLEMS!
Click on "Restart now"
What & when is patch Tuesday, the second Tuesday of each month
For security reasons you should always receive all critical updates from Microsoft on “Patch Tuesday”
Your computer should be set to receive Microsoft updates automatically. For computer performances reason you should look at Microsoft’s list of optional updates that are also released on Tuesday’s. Some of the optional updates may apply to you and your system and others may not apply to you.
Patch Tuesday is the second Tuesday of each month, when Microsoft releases the newest fixes for its Windows operating system and related software applications. Microsoft introduced Patch Tuesday in 2003 as a means of reducing costs associated with patch deployment. The company chose Tuesday because it was not the first day of the week, which typically has its own issues, but early enough that any ensuing problems could be dealt with before the following weekend. As a rule, patches are only sent out on that day although code fixes that are deemed to be critical may be sent at any time.
According to Microsoft, sending patches only once a month simplifies patch management. Because the date is known in advance, system administrators can plan for the day. They can also install multiple patches with a single reboot. However, many administrators find that dealing with the numbers of patches (in some cases more than 50) and associated problems can make Patch Tuesday and subsequent days overwhelmingly difficult.
Among administrators, Patch Tuesday is sometimes referred to as "Black Tuesday."
Make the Move From XP To Windows 7
On April 8th 2014
Microsoft stopped supporting and supplying security updates for XP.
Check to see if your computer is ready to install and run Windows 7.
Download and run the Windows 7 Upgrade Adviser from Microsoft. It scans your hardware, devices, and installed programs for known compatibility issues. If there are any issues found that would prevent your computer from installing and running Windows 7 PC SAR 911 will help you with any & all issues.
Thinking of Upgrade to Windows 8