Computer and Software Support

Update Microsoft Office

To do windows update, do the following...

  1. Create a restore point.
  2. Click on Start
  3. Click on All Programs (for XP) or Programs (for windows 98 and Windows Me)
  4. Click on Windows Update.
  5. If an option window appears, click on Yes (may or may not show up)
  6. Click on Office Update (towards top of window)
  7. You may have an additional window to click on before you get to Check for updates. If you do click on the option to update office. If not skip this step  and go to step 8.
  8. Click on Check  for updates.
  9. If an option window appears, click on Yes (may or may not show up)
  10. If there is updates available, click on the updates you want and start the install.
  11. It may want you to restart, if it doesn't ask you to restart, restart anyways.
  12. Repeat steps 2 through 9 again to make sure all critical updates are created.

The website has different types of updates. The ones that are definitely important are the ones classified as critical. They usually are fixes to flaws that are in windows. The flaws allow others access to the computer to get data, use your system as a gateway, or put a virus on your system.

NOTE: Even though the update is listed as critical and you really should install the update, the update can still conflict with something else on the computer or just has a bad install. That is why you need to create the restore point before running the update. For information on system restore click here.

Information on the risk of running updates on your system

Information on patches and updates