Change your Windows Update settings
As you may or may not know, Microsoft provides updates for their software that you can download and install to keep them up to date with things like fixes, security patches and other updates such as service packs. This process that keeps your computer updated with the latest patches and fixes is called Windows Update and is also known as Microsoft Update.
Most people don't like to play around with the way it works and just leave it with the default settings generally. But if you are one of those types who likes to be in charge of what your computer does and when it does it then you can change the settings to better suit your needs.
To get to these settings you will need to go to Control Panel and then double click Windows Update and then click the Change Settings link. If you have an older version of Windows such as XP then these steps won't be exactly the same but very similar.
Once you get to the Windows Update settings you will see that you have several options to adjust the way updates are done.
The first section lets you choose how and if you want to install the updates. You can have them downloaded and installed automatically, downloaded only, perform a check for needed updates or do nothing at all. If you choose to have them installed you can pick the day and time for this to be done.
Other options let you decide what to do with recommended updates which are not as critical as important updates. If you don't want all users to install updates you can change this as well. The Microsoft Update section will give you updates for other software besides Windows such as Office. The Software notifications checkbox will give alerts when new software is available for your computer.