What is automatic updates?

Question

When I attempt to log onto Windows Update, I get the following message:

Administrators Only

To install items from Windows Update, you must be logged on as an administrator or a member of the Administrators group. If your computer is connected to a network, network policy settings may also prevent you from completing this procedure.

Note If you are running a Windows 2000 (except DataCenter), Windows XP, or Windows .NET Server 2003 operating system, you can run the local administrator account on your computer without having to log off and then log on again.

To run as the local administrator in Windows XP or Windows .NET Server 2003:

Click Start, and then click All Programs (or right-click Windows Update if it is available).

Right-click Windows Update.

Click Run as on the menu that appears.

Do one of the following:

Enter the password for the administrator.

Enter the user name, domain name, and password of a different user account that has administrative permissions on this computer.

To run as the local administrator in Windows 2000:

Click Start, right-click Windows Update, and then click Run As on the menu that appears.

Do one of the following:

Enter the password for the administrator.

Enter the user name, domain name, and password of a different user account that has administrative permissions on this computer.

If the option to run as the local administrator is not available:

Click Start, right-click Windows Update, and then click Properties.

Click the Shortcut tab, and then select the Run as different user check box.

I have Windows XP and have tried to run update like it says to above, but it still gives me the message. My system is set up tp run update automatically and ask me to install updates. It has not run up date in several months. I am the administrator, actually I am the only user set up. I have tried adding a new account as administrator, tried running ad-aware to get rid of files. It seems like something has changed some settings and is not allowing windows to update. What do I need to do to correct this problem..

Your show is of great help for us casual computer users.

Thanks

Bill

Answer

This question was answered on October 24, 2004. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

1 To turn on Automatic Updates

You must be logged on as a computer administrator to complete this procedure.

Open System, and then click the Automatic Updates tab.

– or –

If you are running Windows 2000, click Start, point to Settings, click Control Panel, and then double-click Automatic Updates

Click Automatic (recommended)

Under Automatically download recommended updates for my computer and install them, select the day and time you want Windows to install updates

Notes

To open System, click Start, click Control Panel, click Performance and Maintenance, and then click System

Automatic Updates provides high-priority updates, which include security and other critical updates that can help protect your computer It's a good idea to visit the Windows Update Web site http://www.microsoft.com/) on a regular basis to get optional updates, such as recommended software and hardware updates, that can help improve your computer's

2 To start a program as an administrator

In Windows Explorer, click the program executable file that you want to open

Press SHIFT and hold, right-click the program icon, and then click Run as

To log on using an Administrator account, click The following user

In User name and Password, type the Administrator account name and password that you want to use

Notes

Use this procedure if you want to perform administrative tasks when you are logged on as a member of another group, such as Users or Power Users

If you want to run a program as a domain administrator, in User name, type the name of the domain followed by the administrator account name For example:

DomainName\AdministratorName

Use of Run as is not limited to Administrator accounts

If you try to start a program, such as an MMC console or Control Panel item, from a network location using Run as, it could fail if the credentials used to connect to the network share are different from the credentials used to start the program The credentials used to run the program might not be able to gain access to the same network share

If Run as fails, the Secondary Logon service may not be running For more information, click Related Topics

You can also use Run as from the command prompt For more information, click Related Topics

The Secondary Logon service accepts only password authentication If policies require smart card logon, then Run as will not work

i hope this information is helpful,

good luck

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Posted by christopher of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on October 24, 2004