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Having a computer makes life so much easier, but it can also make things harder if it malfunctions. One of the best ways to ensure your device performs at its best is to always keep it updated so it runs smoothly and securely. Microsoft’s engineers make routine updates for the Windows operating system as well as discovering and fixing security issues and other bugs. They also update software and apps so you can remove outdated features and replace them with new ones.
So, let’s walk you through how to keep your computer updated so you can continue using your device efficiently and have an overall great experience.
Keeping your antivirus software up to date is crucial to ward off viruses from your system and avoid threats from damaging your computer in the future.
Microsoft has its own default antivirus software built in called Windows Defender. The Defender program helps protect your Windows operating system and data from common threats like viruses, spyware and malware. Windows Defender is pre-installed on PCs that run Windows 7, 8 and 10.
The Windows 10 operating system brought something new to the user interface – apps – tons of them! They live in the app store and their updates almost always need to be run manually, so sometimes you need to check yourself.
It’s always a good idea to restart your computer after making any updates to your operating system, software and apps.
Restarting your computer closes all your apps and programs, turns off your PC and turns it on again.
Just be patient- it can take a few minutes for the full restart cycle to take effect. Once your computer restarts, you can sign back in like you normally would.
There you have it! A handful of easy steps to make sure your PC is always at its latest and greatest. Give us a ring if you need help to make updates on your computer or if you have a few questions about the process. All of our certified technicians are happy to assist you.