Updating Windows

Charlie Russel, Sharon Crawford and Jason Gerend Microsoft Press, Copyright 2002

The following is tip #9 from "10 tips in 10 minutes: Configuring Windows 2000 Server," excerpted from Chapter 6 in the book Microsoft Windows 2000 Server Administrator's Companion, Second Edition, published by Microsoft Press.

It's important to update Windows 2000 with the latest service pack and any security updates and hot fixes that are appropriate for the server and your network (this is a key point—applying every hot fix that comes out of Redmond could actually decrease your stability). We recommend that you stay on top of the service packs, and deploy only hot fixes and security updates that fix problems you're currently experiencing.

To update Windows, follow these guidelines:


  • Install the latest service pack. (You don't have to go out and grab it right away. In general, though, it's a good idea not to fall more than one service pack behind.) You can download the latest service packs from Windows Update, or Microsoft Corporate Windows Update (

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  • http://corporate.windowsupdate.microsoft.com), among other locations.


  • Install any security hot fixes that are important for your server and network. Web servers will need to install many (if not most) of the security updates to stay secure; internal file servers will infrequently need hot fixes. We recommend that you evaluate and test any hot fix before deploying it.


  • Install a newer version of Microsoft Internet Explorer if Web browsing will be done locally on the server. The version of Internet Explorer that ships with Windows 2000 has a number of security holes and should be updated.

10 tips in 10 minutes: Configuring Windows 2000 Server

  Tip 1: Checking for setup problems
  Tip 2: Configuring devices
  Tip 3: Using Device Manager
  Tip 4: Troubleshooting devices
  Tip 5: Configuring Networking Settings
  Tip 6: Using the Windows 2000 Configure Your Server Tool
  Tip 7: Configuring the first server on your network
  Tip 8: Performance and memory tuning
  Tip 9: Updating Windows
  Tip 10: Securing Windows


This chapter excerpt from Microsoft Windows 2000 Server Administrator's Companion, Second Edition by Charlie Russel, Sharon Crawford and Jason Gerend is printed with permission from Microsoft Press, Copyright 2002. Click here for the chapter download or to purchase the book.

This was first published in August 2005

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