Here’s how: Sometimes, you might encounter an error while checking for updates, like the one below: The situation is more common than you’d think.It does have a very effective fix, which can be found in the Microsoft Knowledge Base article here: //support.microsoft.com/kb/2730071 If you’ve applied the Fix it and you still have the issue, you might try to give us a call, and we’ll handle it for you. It’s possible you leap into action every time you see the security notification, but many people don’t.
Most computers have Windows Updates set up to “Install Updates Automatically”, which is the recommended setting.
However, you also have the option of manually checking for updates.
Some people have estimated that 500 million computers each year become part of botnets.
Far, far fewer computers than that experience problems with updates.
You want Windows Update to install those updates for you automatically.
For software like your web browser and browser plug-ins, you also want to leave automatic updates enabled — thankfully, that’s the default these days.You can then enable automatic updates and get on with your life, secure in the knowledge that your computer won’t automatically reboot itself when you step away.The registry hack flips a setting you can change in group policy on Professional and Enterprise editions of Windows.We don’t have any good data that tells us this, but it’s a minuscule percentage of people.On the other hand, there are millions and millions of computers that are part of botnets, often because they refused to install security updates and ended up infected.If you disable automatic updates for Firefox, Flash, Adobe Reader, or other important software, you should go turn them back on right now. In Windows XP and Windows Vista, your computer might automatically install updates while you get up for a coffee break and have rebooted itself by the time you get back.