Software updates are released at regular intervals by Microsoft to address emerging security issues or other discovered problems. There are usually three kinds of updates that are released: “Patches” are usually quick and small updates that fix very specific issues in particular programs. “Service Packs” are collections of patches delivered as a single large download. “Program updates” supply new versions of programs such as Internet Explorer or Windows Media Player.
What is the difference between “Microsoft Update” vs “Windows Update”?
Microsoft offers two types update service. “Windows update” will update your Windows operating system but not any affiliated Microsoft programs such as MS Office. “Microsoft Update” on the other hand will update not only the operating system but all Microsoft products you may have installed. The latter is recommended as the default choice for most users. However, many computers are initially set at the factory to only receive the “Windows Update” service.
Please make sure that the Microsoft Update feature is enabled on your computer, as per the instructions below, and that your Windows is configured to Auto Update:
For instructions on how to configure your Microsoft Update in Windows XP, click here.
For instructions on how to configure Microsoft Updates in Windows Vista, click here.
If you are unsure which version of Windows you have, click here.