Step 8—Check For Updates and Security Patches

Microsoft is working constantly to improve Windows XP with bug fixes, security patches, new program versions, and device driver updates. All of these new and improved components are made available online, so you should check for updates and patches often.

Checking the Windows Update Web Site

The main online site for Windows XP updates is the Windows Update Web site, which you load into your Web browser by selecting Start, All Programs, Windows Update. Click Scan For Updates to look for crucial new components that can make Windows XP more reliable and more secure. This process should become a regular part of your routine.

Windows XP also comes with a vastly improved automatic updating feature, which can ...

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