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Manually Install Available Microsoft Updates

Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) is a tool for central management and distribution of critical Windows and Office patches as well as updates. See the WSUS FAQ for full details.

There are 2 methods for these updates to be installed on your computer. One is for you to follow the directions below and to install them manually when you see that new updates are available through the icon in step 1. The other is to wait until the dates below when the updates will be automatically installed on your computer and your computer will automatically be restarted, if necessary. Please note that with this method, open work could be lost.

Dates of automatic update installation and computer restart:

  • August 12, 2014
  • September 9, 2014
  • October 14, 2014
  • November 11, 2014
  • December 9, 2014
  • January 13, 2015
  • February 10, 2015
  • March 10, 2015
  • April 14, 2015
  • May 12, 2015
  • June 9, 2015
  • July 14, 2015
  • August 11, 2015


  1. When updates are available, an icon will display in the taskbar at the bottom right corner of the screen.
  2. Save and close all documents.
  3. Close all applications including email.
  4. Click on the Windows Update icon.
  5. Click on Install Updates. The computer will install all updates as necessary.
  6. When the computer displays that the updates were successfully installed, click on Restart now.

Your computer may request a restart to complete the installation process. If it does, you must restart to apply the updates.


Reviewed: 0814 By: JM

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