Microsoft regularly issue updates/patches to fix bugs and plug 'security holes' in Windows. The security holes are used by worms, viruses and hackers to compromise your system.
It is vital to keep Windows up-to-date with patches.
Microsoft Windows Update
Recently virus attacks have almost brought the University network to a complete halt. It is VITALLY IMPORTANT that all (unmanaged) Windows PCs are kept up-to-date with patches. Fortunately you can update Windows 'online' by following a simple procedure.
How long will it take?
The first time you do the procedure, it may take a 'long time'. Do not be put off - this is IMPORTANT.
How often do I need to update Windows?
Once you have updated your copy of Windows you MUST repeat the update procedure at least once per month. The 'monthly' updates will be quick and easy.
If any of the the update(s) fail, ring the ISS Service Desk on x10987.back to top
When Windows XP Pro PCs logon they are checked by ISS software to see if they have various vital Windows Service Packs & security patches installed.
If the system is found not to be up-to-date with the vital security patches, the following dialog is displayed:
If you see this dialog - you are directed to this page! Follow the instructions above and update your copy of Windows. If you have a problem with the instructions contact the ISS Service Desk on x10987 or contact ISS Service Desk in the Learning Zone.