Critical Threat Information

Monday, May 15, 2017

With the current “WannaCry” ransomware virus, one of the most important protections an end user can implement  is to make sure that their Windows system is up to date. Follow the instructions below to set Windows up to do updates automatically.

The information below is sourced from Microsoft at

To turn on automatic updates in Windows10:

  1. Select the Start button, then select Settings>Update & security> Windows Update. If you want to check for updates manually, select Check for updates.
  2. Select Advanced options, and then under Choose how updates are installed, select Automatic (recommended).

Note: In Windows 10, automatic updates are turned on by default so that your PC always has the latest and best features enabled. We don’t recommend changing the default.

To turn on automatic updates in Windows 8.1:

  1. Open Windows Update by swiping in from the right edge of the screen (or, if you’re using a mouse, pointing to the lower-right corner of the screen and moving the mouse pointer up), select Settings>Change PC settings>Update and recovery>Windows Update. If you want to check for updates manually, select Check now.
  2. Select Choose how updates get installed, and then under Important updates, select Install updates automatically (recommended).
  3. Under Recommended updates, select the Give me recommended updates the same way I receive important updates check box.
  4. Under Microsoft Update, select the Give me updates for other Microsoft products when I update Windows check box, and then select Apply.

To turn on automatic updates in Windows 7:

  1. Select the Start button. In the search box, enter Update, and then, in the list of results, select Windows Update.
  2. In the left pane, select Change settings, and then under Important updates, select Install updates automatically (recommended) Under Recommended updates, select the Give me recommended updates the same way I receive important updates check box, and then select OK

Windows XP (no longer supported by Microsoft)
This operating system is no longer supported by Windows update. A patch for this specific issue (WannaCry) has been released. ComputerWorld has created directions for installation at this link:

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