I can feel the heat radiating to me from your house as you think about software updates.
“I could smash my computer every time I see one of those pop-ups remind that I have a Windows 7, 8, or 10 update waiting to be installed.”
Is that about the size of it?
I have five words for you, while remembering what your parents used to say,
“you need an attitude adjustment!” 😊.
what you need to say is “Yes,“ and even “Thank You,” for these reminders. Now, before you come over to my house and threaten me, let me explain…😊
Did you know that over ninety-percent of what is contained in an update is like a vaccination against hackers, phishers and other nefarious characters trying to get at your identity information? And the final ten-percent is predominantly fixes to things that bug you about the software you are using? In other words, my awesome neighborhood friends, you are “shooting yourself” in the proverbial “foot” by not updating.
So how can we ease the pain a bit. The answer is AUTOMATE. That’s right, say “yes” one time and you’ll never see a pop-up again (at least for that software). Once you give permission for a particular software to automatically update, there is no need for them to remind you anymore, problem solved, hackers foiled, sanity restored!
To turn on automatic updates in Windows 10:
Windows 10 is a service, which means automatic updates are turned on by default and your PC always has the latest and best features.
- Select the Start button, then select Settings > Update & security > Windows Update . If you want to check for updates manually, select Check for updates.
- Select Advanced options, and then under Choose how updates are installed, select Automatic (recommended).
To turn on automatic updates in Windows 8.1:
- Open Windows Update by swiping in from the right edge of the screen (or, if you're using a mouse, pointing to the lower-right corner of the screen and moving the mouse pointer up), select Settings > Change PC settings > Update and recovery > Windows Update. If you want to check for updates manually, select Check now.
- Select Choose how updates get installed, and then under Important updates, select Install updates automatically (recommended).
- Under Recommended updates, select the Give me recommended updates the same way I receive important updates check box.
- Under Microsoft Update, select the Give me updates for other Microsoft products when I update Windows check box, and then select Apply.
To turn on automatic updates in Windows 7:
- Select the Start button
. In the search box, enter Update, and then, in the list of results, select Windows Update.
- In the left pane, select Change settings, and then under Important updates, select Install updates automatically (recommended).
- Under Recommended updates, select the Give me recommended updates the same way I receive important updates check box, and then select OK.
For other updates, please feel free to contact me at email@example.com, and I will do my best to help you find the auto-update you are looking for, provided it is available.
Happy Valentines Day All!
Jeff, "The Computer Guy"