If you want to keep your computer in top condition, the number one thing you can do is keep it updated. Updates are easy and usually don’t take very long. You can even schedule them to happen automatically (read on to find out how). The average user can do them at home, minimizing visits to your local tech support office. Most importantly, they protect your computer from viruses and other malware.
Why Do I Need to Do Updates?
Just like teachers who go to continuing education courses to keep their skills sharp and learn the latest classroom management techniques, your computer needs periodic updates to protect against viruses and improve efficiency. Hackers are always looking for ways to break through the security set up by Microsoft and other software companies. By updating your computer, you allow software companies to patch up any holes that might let hackers in.
How Often Should I Update?
There’s no set schedule for how often you should update. That depends on how often software companies release updates. Fortunately, Windows will let you know when an update is available. In most cases, Windows 10 will update automatically.
Automatic updates mean you never miss an update. You don’t have to remember to check for updates, because Windows remembers for you.
If you’re still running Windows 7 or Windows 8 you can turn automatic updates on and off. Here’s how:
- Point to the lower right corner of the screen and move the mouse pointer up
- Click Settings
- Click Change PC Settings
- Click Update and recovery
- Click Choose how updates get installed
- Under Important Updates select install automatically
- Under Recommended Updates select ive me recommended updates the same way…
- Click Apply
- Click Start
- Type Windows Update in the search box
- Click Windows Update
- Click Change settings (in the left menu)
- Select install automatically
- Under “Recommended Updates” select “Give me recommended updates the same way…”
- Click OK
What about my antivirus software?
If you’re using Windows Defender, you don’t have to worry about additional updates. Windows will take care of that along with the regular software updates.
Other programs, including your Antivirus software, will pop up on the bottom right hand corner of your Windows Desktop. It’s always a good idea to do these updates when they pop up so you don’t forget about them.
Ignoring these updates can leave your computer vulnerable to outside attack.