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How do I update my Operating System?

05/15/2019 Operating system

Why you need to diligently update your operating system:

Windows and Apple not only release feature updates to their operating systems and other products but they also release security patches to their systems on a regular basis. Security threats are always evolving and both companies keep on top of those threats by actively releasing updates to protect against hacking, viruses and other threats.

How often you should run updates to your operating system:

Microsoft releases feature updates and patches every Tuesday, so you should check for updates on Wednesday or Thursday, weekly. Apple does not have a set day or time that they release updates, but checking once a week is good practice. Always check for updates again after installing initial updates, some updates won’t appear until the previous updates are installed.

How to update Windows 7:

  1. Click the on the Start menu
  2. On the right side of the Start menu, click on Control Panel
  3. Click System and Security.
  4. Click Windows Update.
  5. In the left pane, click Check for Updates.
  6. Optional Updates should be checked off manually and installed.
  7. Click Install Updates.
  8. If a restart is required, click Restart Now.
  9. Repeat Steps 1 - 5 after the computer reboots to check for subsequent updates.
  10. Continue repeating these steps until all updates are installed and up to date.

How to update Windows 8.1:

  1. Use your mouse or finger to point to the lower right corner of your screen and select Settings
  2. Click Change PC Settings.
  3. Click Update and Recovery (make sure Windows Update is highlighted.)
  4. Click the Check Now button
  5. Click the Install Updates button, if updates are available.
  6. If a restart is required, click Restart Now.
  7. Repeat Steps 1 - 6 after the computer reboots to check for subsequent updates.
  8. Continue repeating these steps until all updates are installed and up to date.

How to update Windows 10:

  1. Click the on the Start menu
  2. On the left side of the Start menu, click on the Settings icon (cog icon).
  3. Click Update & Security
  4. Click the Check for Updates button
  5. Windows 10 will automatically download and install the updates it needs
  6. If a restart is required, click Restart Now
  7. Repeat Steps 1 - 4 after the computer reboots to check for subsequent updates.
  8. Continue repeating these steps until all updates are installed and up to date.

How to update Mac OS:

  1. Click the Apple menu and select App Store.
  2. Click the Updates tab.
  3. Click Update next to any available update to manually install it or click Update All to install all available updates.
  4. If a restart is required, reboot your computer
  5. Repeat Steps 1 - 4 after the computer reboots to check for subsequent updates.
  6. Continue repeating these steps until all updates are installed and up to date.