Windows XP lets you set Windows Update to automatically download the updates you need to keep your computer secure.
Running Windows Update ensures that your PC has the latest security patches and changes to XP, and it gives you the opportunity to install optional drivers and software.
If you've got the time, and the patience, we'd recommend waiting a couple of hours, especially with slower machines – go and cut the grass or watch a movie.
It may seem extreme, but you don't want to start meddling with these fundamental processes unless you really have to.
Operating system updates are a necessary evil, like taxes and car MOTs: they can be a real chore, but they're essential for a happy and peaceful life.
Microsoft releases most Windows Update patches on “Patch Tuesday” — the second Tuesday of each month.While Windows Update can be obnoxious, it keeps your computer secure and is well worth using.