When you have numerous computers on a network, it can become a challenge to keep all of them up to date. With computers running different versions of Windows, your task may become more complicated because they all need updates designed for their own versions. In this article, you will find information about how to keep computers in a home network or an office network up to date.

Home Networks

It is quite easy to keep a home network updated; there are normally less computers than in an office network. The first thing to do is to make sure that automatic updating is “on” for all the computers in your network. Also, allow all users on your network to download and install updates automatically and manually. You can achieve this through the recommended settings provided. To change these settings, follow these steps:

  • Click “Start” and search “windows update” in the search box.
  • Select “Windows Update” under “Programs”.
  • In the panel on the left, select “Change settings”.
  • Under “Important updates”, use the drop down menu to choose “Install updates automatically (recommended)”.
  • Under “Who can install updates”, select the check box that marks “Allow all users to install updates on this computer”.

Office Networks

The following information is for system administrators on office networks. These options will help you keep the computers registered in the network up to date.

  • First, make sure that all the computers on the network are set up to download and install updates the way you want; you may not want all your computers to update automatically. Using the Group Policy settings of Windows Update, you can manage the settings of each computer on the network. To get to Local Group Policy Editor, search “group policy” in the Start search bar, and select “Edit group policy” under “Control Panel” in the results. You can find more information on Group Policy by searching for in Microsoft TechNet.
  • Use the Windows Update Catalog to find updates for different versions of Windows.
  • In the Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) website, you can get information about updating Windows and Microsoft programs in your network. The website helps administrators schedule updates for computers and helps in modifying many settings such as priority and frequency of updating.
  • You can also update Microsoft Office products such as Word and Excel. You can find these updates at the Microsoft Update website. You can set your Windows Update settings to update Microsoft programs as well as your Windows operating system.

It is important to keep all computers on a network up to date because viruses designed to exploit network services will compromise the security of all the computers on a network. Delicate information can easily be stolen if one computer on a network does not have the latest security updates from Microsoft. Stay updates and stay safe!