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Keeping your PC secure with Windows Update

From: Windows 8.1 Essential Training

Video: Keeping your PC secure with Windows Update

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.

Keeping your PC secure with Windows Update

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.

Press the Windows key to go back to the Start screen and continue from here.

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Windows 8.1 Essential Training

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  1. 1m 23s
    1. Welcome
      47s
    2. Using the exercise files
      36s
  2. 32m 40s
    1. Assessing your hardware and Windows 8.1 versions
      2m 43s
    2. Getting familiar with the user interface
      8m 11s
    3. Exploring the Windows 8.1 desktop
      6m 13s
    4. Using touch screens and gestures
      2m 8s
    5. Switching between apps with Switcher
      3m 50s
    6. Personalizing Windows 8.1
      7m 33s
    7. Creating tile groups
      2m 2s
  3. 43m 58s
    1. Using the ribbon in File Explorer
      10m 21s
    2. Organizing folders and files
      6m 22s
    3. Customizing folder behavior
      5m 28s
    4. Searching for files and file contents
      7m 22s
    5. Creating easy access to files and folders
      4m 56s
    6. Using SkyDrive
      4m 29s
    7. Copying files in a single window
      5m 0s
  4. 1h 11m
    1. Managing mail with the Mail app
      7m 46s
    2. Keeping dates with the Calendar app
      6m 59s
    3. Managing contacts in the People app
      9m 55s
    4. Communicating with contacts using Skype
      10m 13s
    5. Working with photos
      10m 58s
    6. Reading text with the Reader app
      4m 14s
    7. Managing music with the Music app
      8m 29s
    8. Locating places with Maps
      8m 29s
    9. Timing things with Alarms
      4m 19s
  5. 28m 18s
    1. Typing text with Sticky Notes, Notepad, and WordPad
      10m 30s
    2. Creating graphics with Paint
      10m 18s
    3. Performing calculations with the Calculator
      2m 55s
    4. Taking screenshots with the Snipping tool
      4m 35s
  6. 31m 17s
    1. Viewing your current system specs
      4m 4s
    2. Controlling sound device volume settings
      7m 36s
    3. Removing unwanted applications
      2m 55s
    4. Setting default programs
      5m 26s
    5. Setting accessibility options
      8m 45s
    6. Navigation settings for desktop lovers
      2m 31s
  7. 20m 34s
    1. Getting connected
      4m 1s
    2. Connecting PCs with HomeGroup
      6m 29s
    3. Connecting to another computer with Remote Desktop
      2m 44s
    4. Selecting sharing options for networks
      3m 54s
    5. Adding and removing devices
      3m 26s
  8. 40m 48s
    1. Keeping your PC secure with Windows Update
      4m 26s
    2. Viewing and resolving security issues with Action Center
      3m 28s
    3. Battling malicious software with Windows Defender
      4m 52s
    4. Controlling user account access
      3m 53s
    5. Secure your account with passwords and PINs
      5m 51s
    6. Using Parental Controls
      10m 8s
    7. Encrypting a drive with BitLocker
      4m 22s
    8. Using Encrypting File System (EFS)
      3m 48s
  9. 12m 2s
    1. Printing files directly from Windows
      3m 27s
    2. Printing files to the XPS format
      4m 53s
    3. Accessing and changing printer options
      3m 42s
  10. 20m 43s
    1. Finding issues in the Troubleshooting control panel
      4m 10s
    2. Fixing issues with the Problem Steps Recorder
      4m 40s
    3. Backing up with File History
      5m 57s
    4. Reversing a fatal crash with System Restore
      3m 21s
    5. Reseting your Windows 8.1 installation
      2m 35s
  11. 40s
    1. Next steps
      40s

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