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Finding Windows Patches

Published at 03/01/2012 07:38:28


PC users are very aware of the importance of obtaining patches for the Windows operating system. The software developers at Microsoft make every effort to release an OS that is user friendly and fail proof, but that is not always possible across the millions, and maybe even billions, of PC users. In fact, the ability to customize a personal computer is what makes Windows so popular. After purchasing a new system, owners can obtain third-party software programs and hardware devices that are also compatible with the Windows operating system. Sometimes, it's the addition of another word processing program or a second CD drive that can create errors and malfunctions in the operating system. Luckily, Microsoft and other companies work diligently to fix PC problems through the release of patches. The real hurdle for PC users is finding the patch, as they get publish using many different methods. If this is your predicament, too, then there are at least five different approaches that you can take to find patches for your Windows PC.

Step 1

Use the Windows Update utility on your PC to manually retrieve patches from Microsoft's update servers. In most versions of Windows, click on the Start button in the bottom left hand corner of the desktop. Type "windows update" in the search box at the bottom of the Start menu. Press Enter to open the Windows Update utility. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the process of retrieving patches.

Step 2

Navigate to the "Compatibility Center" website for your version of Windows to find patches. For example, if you use Microsoft Windows 7 then you can visit the following Web page to find updates:

Use the search box and filters to find the software or hardware component that needs patching. If your product is listed, then you might find a "Support" link that offers download for patches.

Step 3

Navigate the original equipment manufacturer's website to find patches that are compatible with your Windows PC. These OEMs include Toshiba, Dell and HP. Click on the "Support' section of the OEM's website and then find downloadable patches based on your computer's family name and model numbers, e.g. Toshiba Satellite ABC-123.

Step 4

Contact your service provider if you are using a Windows device that was supported by cellular company or another Internet entity. For example, the Windows 7 operating system is also compatible with mobile phones and smartphones. You may be able to contact the technical support department at your service provide for patches, such as at AT&T Wireless or Verizon Wireless.

Step 5

Order a CD from Microsoft that includes service pack updates and patches for the Windows operating system.


  • Use the System Restore utility to undo updates and patches that make problems worse than they already are.

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