Windows XP has been in the circulation of operating systems ever since its release in 2001. To keep track with the changing pace and needs of the customers, updates are then needed. Microsoft then included a protocol that installs upgrades every time the updates are available.

The nature of updates is easy. They are downloaded and then installed. But most of the times, they become inconvenient if they are not configured properly. Let’s familiarize ourselves first with the levels of the said updates (note: these options are only available if you are logged on as Computer Administrator)

  1. Automatic – this is the most recommended by the publishers. Whenever the computer is turned on and internet connection is established, the system will then send the status of its programming to the Microsoft servers. The servers will then send the updates and will be installed automatically. Most of the times, a computer restart or reboot is needed to finalize the said installations so it is inconvenient if you are in the middle of a worksheet, the climax of the film you are watching, or simply having a conversation through the web.
  2. Download – the system will send the query to the server and then the updates will be downloaded. This is different from the first one because the system will first ask for confirmation before installing the items. A pop-up balloon will come up through your taskbar to notify you before the installation.
  3. Notify Me – in this level, the system will ask for confirmation before the update download starts. Initially, the available updates are displayed as a list and you are free to choose on which to download or not. Then a balloon will pop out, asking for confirmation whether to start the installation or do it later.
  4. Turn-off – this turns off everything that is stated above. The queries sent to the Microsoft server are halted. It will not notify you of available updates; hence, no items were to be installed.

Having any Modifications

Modifying the level of your updates is easy. You just have to follow a few easy steps.

  1. On your desktop (or in the Start menu or wherever you will see the icon My Computer), right click on the My Computer icon. A selection will be available. Select Properties.
  2. After pulling up the System Properties dialog box, look for the Automatic updates tab and select it.
  3. In the Automatic updates tab, there you will see the choices of the level of update that you wish to prefer. Nothing is selected by default so you just have to choose. After choosing, just click on Apply, then OK.


There you go. After that simple configuration, updates will then be available for your system. You can just go for Automatic if the computer you are using can be restarted without your supervision. But if you’re running vital work and you can’t afford to lose time in restarting and rebooting your computer without your prior confirmation from the system, just go for the Download level. With that, you can just go on with your work and still enjoy the security of these automatic updates.