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Windows Vista® Step by Step Deluxe Edition by Joan Lambert, Joyce Cox

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Updating Windows System Files

When you first upgrade to Windows Vista or purchase a computer with Windows Vista already installed, the operating system files installed on your computer are the ones available to the manufacturer when your installation media or computer was manufactured.

From time to time, Microsoft releases updates to Windows Vista, either to provide additional functionality or to protect your computer from new security threats. It’s important to install these updates as soon after their release as possible.

Windows Update is a utility that scans your computer, confers with the Microsoft Update online database, and recommends or installs any updates that are available for your operating system, your software programs, or your hardware. ...

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