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Windows 8 was a new direction for Microsoft, offering mobile integration, cloud storage, and security enhancements. But some people were unhappy with its design. Windows 8.1 answers these complaints and takes Windows a step further. In this course, David Rivers shows you all its essential features. Take a tour of the interface, review the new file and folder behaviors, and meet the most useful apps, including Calendar, Photos, Maps, and Music. David also shows how to adjust system settings like default programs and volume, work with external devices, and set up networks. The final chapters show you how to keep your computer even more secure with Access Control and Windows Defender, and how to troubleshoot potential issues, like reversing fatal crashes.
It's unfortunate to say but the safety and security of your computer is always at risk, and there are a number of ways to ensure you have the highest level of security. One of which we're going to look at in this chapter right now is Updates. Regular updates including security updates are very important. Microsoft is constantly delivering them. Are you automatically installing them? Let's check it out. Here from the Start screen, we'll just simply begin to type in the word update, and you can see what's happening over here on the right hand side.
We see a number of settings for choosing whether to automatically install Windows updates. We can go to our update settings. We can go to the old desktop environment and do it from there. Check for updates right now. View our update history for Windows if we wanted to as well. But let's just go to Windows update settings. Now that does take us into the settings, directly to update and recovery, and you can see Windows Update is selected. Check out My Computer. I'm automatically set up to install updates.
So there are currently no updates available, but Microsoft is continually checking. At least my operating system is. If I wanted to check now, I could right now. Clicking Check now is going to run a check for updates and it may take just a few moments. Eventually, I'll see that okay no updates are available. That means I'm up to date. If I want to check on my history, I can do that from here as well. Let's view my update history. Check it out a definition update for windows defender is actually installed today.
In fact, there's been a couple of updates and I didn't even know, because I'm set-up to automatically receive those. Let's click the Back button here. And if we wanted to, we could change that setting of automatically installing updates. Maybe you would like to know when they are happening. Click Choose how updates get installed. And you can see at the very top our default of automatically, which is recommended, has a drop down. Give it a click. We can have updates downloaded, but let us choose whether or not we want to install them. We can also check for updates, but choose whether or not they should be even downloaded and installed.
Or we could never check for updates, and that's not recommended. I kind of like this one, updates are always being downloaded, but I get to choose when and whether or not I'm going to install them. Now by selecting that you will get pop-up messages now and then when an update has been downloaded. Notice, when your PC is on a metered internet connection. Maybe you're not on Wi-Fi and you're using your 3G or 4G smartphone or tablets, updates will be downloaded in the background. So, keep that in mind, recommended updates give me the recommended updates the same way I receive important updates is a little bit different.
And then down below, Microsoft.date is unchecked by default. That's going to give you updates for other Microsoft products when you update Windows. So if you do make a change, click Apply to apply that change and click your Back button to go back. So all from one screen now here in the Windows 8.1 environment, we can see how we're set up for our updates. Check to see if there are any updates manually, look at our history, and choose how we're going to get those updates installed.
All right, let's just tap the windows key on your keyboard, and let's check out the other option which is in the old desktop environment. Again, we'll begin the start update here on our Start screen, but go to Windows update, which takes us to the old desktop environment. Now you can see that my settings which have been changed are to automatically download updates. The most recent updates you can see actually happened today, for Windows only. And I have the options down the left-hand side. I can check for updates right now.
Maybe something's happened since I last checked in the new Windows 8.1 environment. No, no updates available. I can change my settings if I wanted to do. I'm going to change it back to automatically installing updates, I'm going to make that selection. And you can see the other options we've already talked about, from the other environment. We'll click OK to save those. We can view our update history from here. There they are. Click OK. And let's close this up knowing that we're always going to have the latest updates, including security updates to keep our computer safe and secure.
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