Updating window xp
At the very least, make sure you choose an option where you're notified of new updates, even if you choose not to have them automatically download or install. I also do not recommend turning off automatic updating.
Letting Windows Update check, download, and automatically install updates is a very good way to make sure you're protected from being exploited by security issues after they're discovered.
Below are for changing/disabling Windows Update in Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7 or Windows Vista, and Windows XP. Here are more details on all the "advanced" Windows Update settings that are available to you in Windows 10: Automatic (recommended): Choose this option to automatically download and install updates of all kind - both important security patches as well as not-as-important non-security updates, like feature improvements and minor bugs.
Notify to schedule restart: Choose this option to automatically download updates of all kind - security, and non-security.
Here are what some of those other checkboxes mean, not all of which you'll see, depending on your version of Windows and how your computer is configured: Give me recommended updates the same way I receive important updates: This option gives Windows Update permission to treat patches that Microsoft "recommends" the same way as patches thought to be "critical" or "important," and download and install them as you've selected in the drop-down box.
Notify me but don't automatically download or install them: Windows Update will check for new updates from Microsoft, and let you know about them, but they won't be downloaded and installed until you say so.Show me detailed notifications when new Microsoft software is available: This is pretty self-explanatory - check it if you want to get notifications, via Windows Update, when Microsoft software you don't have installed is available for your computer.Windows Update is more an online service than an integrated part of Windows XP, but the update Here are more details on what those four choices actually mean for your Windows Update experience in Windows XP: Automatic (recommended): Windows Update will automatically check for, download, and install updates, with no input from you needed.You can, of course, still visit the Windows Update website yourself and check for any new patches.While it is possible, at least prior to Windows 10, I do not recommend completely disabling Windows Update.