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1 ENABLE AUTOMATIC UPDATES
If the Windows XP computer is not a domain member, then open the Control Panel and click the Performance and Maintenance link, followed by the System link. Windows will display the System Proper-ties sheet. Select the properties sheet's Automatic Updates tab (see Step 1, below) and then choose the Automatic (recommended) option. Finally, click OK to close the System Properties sheet.
You might have noticed in Step 1 that the automatic updates options were grayed out. That's because the screenshot is of a computer that is a domain member, and automatic updates are being controlled by some group policy settings.
This was first published in July 2008