With the Automatic Updates feature, Windows XP can automatically download and install the most important updates for you (including most security updates). Automatic updating can help protect your computer from new and emerging security threats. However, many updates require some user feedback before they can be installed.
Use Microsoft Internet Explorer to visit Microsoft Update.
On the right side of the page, Internet Explorer displays the current status of Automatic Updates:
If Automatic Updates is turned on, your computer is protected. Windows XP will automatically install updates. You don’t need to follow the rest of these steps.
If Automatic Updates is turned off, click Turn on Automatic Updates.
In the Automatic Updates window, click OK.