But the guys at Microsoft can simply disable illegal copies remotely if they want to, can't they?That's why I'm hesitating turning on automatic update, because it can cause problems for her later.

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However, you can continue to use your system while this download it taking place.

If you have the option of a wired Ethernet connection rather than Wi-Fi, I'd recommend using it to provide a much more reliable connection for faster download speeds and to reduce the risk of getting disconnected during the install.

Obviously, she should buy a new computer with legal windows on it, but she can't afford it.

Should I turn on Windows update on her computer or it would ask for some license key, so it is better to leave it as is?

I have a neighbor with and old computer with XP on it which someone gave to her.

She's heard about internet hackers on TV and she wants to make the computer more secure and she asked for my help.

Windows 8 wasn't the greatest success for Microsoft, but the much anticipated update, Windows 8.1, is now available either electronically or through traditional physical discs in retail outlets.

Here's a look at how to get your Windows 8 system ready and the process of upgrading to Windows 8.1 through the electronic update now available in the Windows Store.

Finish up any work you're doing and save it because from this point until it's done, you can't user you computer.