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Configure Windows Update to update all Microsoft apps on your PC

Posted May 2007 by Steve Sinchak

Microsoft Update was first released a few years ago for Windows XP and Server 2003 as a great way to update all of your Microsoft software installed on your PC. Not only would it update Windows, but it would also update Microsoft Office.  Are you a Microsoft Outlook user? If so, Microsoft Update would even download updated junk mail signatures when they are released.

In Windows Vista the new Windows Update application is no longer web-based. Microsoft has built-in the old Microsoft Update functionality into the new interface but you need to turn it on before you can use it.  Follow these steps to turn on updates for other Microsoft applications:

  1. Click on the Start Button and type in Windows Update and hit Enter.
  2. When Windows Update loads, click on Get updates for more products.
  3. A web page will load that you will need to accept some legal terms on.  Check the I accept box and hit Install.
    After the install, Windows will update Windows Update and will start looking for updates for all Microsoft applications.

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