In this video, learn why it's a good idea to keep Windows updated, and how to verify it's happening automatically.
- [Instructors] Windows updates itself on a regular basis. You may have already noticed that if you haven't turned your PC on for a while, it usually has a long list of updates. It's very important to let these happen. The updates consist of bug fixes, performance improvements, and security updates. It's that important, so let's check and make sure Windows is automatically updating itself. I'll click inside the search bar, and I'll type Windows Update. It really doesn't matter which option you pick here, but I'll start with Windows Update Settings.
The update status is the most important bit. It's telling me that my computer is up to date. It's also telling me the last time it checked. I can manually check for updates at any time by clicking this Check for Updates button. In fact, if you haven't turned your PC on for a while and you're just sitting down, it might be a good idea to do this when you know that you have some free time that you're not going to be using your computer. You can also change the active hours of when it's going to update. A lot of updates require a restart of the machine.
Changing your active hours will make sure that it doesn't automatically restart when you're using it. I'll click Change Active Hours, and here's where I can set the start and end time for when I'm usually using my computer. I can change the time, and click the Save button. You can also click Advanced Options to make sure that your computer is automatically updating itself. I'm using a business, or enterprise version of Windows, so right here, the administrator has set when these updates are installed.
If you're using the home version of Windows, you'll have a drop-down near the top of the screen. You want to make sure that Automatic is selected for the update option. This means that you won't have to do anything. As long as your computer is connected to the internet, it will be updating when it needs to. I can click the arrow in the top left-hand side of the screen to get back to updates. Or, if I'm all done, which we are, I can click the X in the top right-hand side. Our computer is updating, so everything is how it should be.
- Updating your computer
- Enabling Windows Firewall
- Adjusting privacy settings
- Securing your wireless network
- Browsing the web safely
- Avoiding scams
- Protecting your online accounts
- Protecting other people's privacy