You might want to think twice when dimising the ‘restart to update’ notifications your computer is sending. Ensuring the machine is current with operating system (OS) and manufacturer updates is essential to keep things running smoothly and securely.
Here are some tips to keep your PC in good working order:
1. Check for Windows updates now!
‘Patch Tuesday,’ the second Tuesday of each month is when Microsoft releases update packages for Windows 10, Windows 7, Microsoft office and its other apps. At minimum, you should update your computer as frequently as these updates are released – monthly. Check for updates now:
- Open the start menu and choose settings (Shortcut: Window key + I)
- Go to update & security
- Click check for updates
- You may see view optional updates – these are important, too! Click to install
- Your updates might require a restart – be sure to save anything you’re working on and allow the PC to resart when the updates are complete.
2. Put it on auto pilot
It’s easy to overlook updates if you don’t set them to be installed automatically.
- From the Windows Update screen, choose advanced options:
- Turn on the update options and update notifications as shown below:
- Your settings are saved automatically – close the window and let your PC do the rest – just don’t ignore it when it prompts for a restart.
3. Check for manufacturer updates
Microsoft generally covers your OS updates and sometimes will catch manufacturer updates. Manufacturer updates cover things like drivers, BIOS version updates and other critical components, so checking in on these regularly is key. Here’s how you can check for updates from some common manufacturers:
- Lenovo – Check your PC for the Lenovo Vantage app. You can check for system updates here, or visit the Lenovo support page if you don’t have the app.
- Dell – Dell Support Page
- HP – HP Support Page
4. Updates for your Mac
It’s just as important to keep your Mac up to date. Check the app store regularly for app updates (especially if you’re running Office apps).
You can set automatic app updates in just a few easy clicks:
- Launch the Mac App Store
- Select App Store in the menu bar
- Select Preferences from the dropdown menut
- Check the box for Automatic Updates
To keep your OS updated automatically, follow these steps:
- Select the Apple Menu in the menu bar
- Select System Preferences > Software Update
- Check the for Automatically keep my Mac up to date