The updates of Windows Vista are available in the form of service packs. With the help of the service packs it is possible to keep your Windows Vista current and they are used to extend and update your computer’s functionality. You can easily obtain the service pack for Windows Vista. Some of the conditions need to be true before you want to obtain the service pack. That particular service pack should not be already installed on the computer; you must be logged in through an administrator account and the computer on which the installation of service packs needs to be done should be connected to the Internet. There are various methods through which you can download the service packs for Windows vista but the most recommended one is by turning the automatic updates on so that the updates should be downloaded to your computer in an automatic manner. You can also check for the Windows updates yourself or can download it from the Microsoft download center also.

Turn automatic updates on

The most recommended method for installing the service pack for Windows Vista is by turning on the automatic updates feature. In order to turn these updates on you should click on Start then All programs and after this click on Windows update. Click change settings in the navigation pane. Now select the setting for the Windows automatic update which you want. If you do not know that which setting you have to choose then you must follow certain steps.

Automatically download the recommended updates

This is the most recommended option. You just have to click to select the day and time for the updates to occur and they would be scheduled. The automatic updates can be scheduled for any day and time but it is necessary that your computer should be on at that time for which you have scheduled the update and they would be installed.

Download update but do not install

This is the second option in which the Windows will recognize when you are online. It will make use of your internet connection to download the updates automatically from the web site of Windows update or Microsoft. The icon would appear on the taskbar in the notification area once the updates are downloaded. A message would also appear when the download is completed. You must click on the automatic update icon or the message for installing them. If you do not ant to install them then you must click on details then click on the check box to decline the installation of updates. Click install for installing the updates.

Notification for update download or installation

When you are online it would be recognized by Windows and the web site would be searched for the updates. The icon or message for the updates would appear. You can click the check box to decline it. In order to download the updates click on Start download. You can also right click the icon and press pause or resume. Click install to install the updates. In this method it is recommended that you should not select the option of never check for the updates.

You must click on the check box to choose Include recommended updates when downloading, installing or notify me about the updates and then press OK.