Out of date software can slow down your device and make it vulnerable to hackers.
By default, Windows will install updates automatically when you turn your computer off, but if you have disabled automatic updates, you can use the methods listed below to check for updates.
Click the Start Button and navigate to Settings > Update & security > Windows Update, and then click Check for updates.
Windows Vista and 7
Firstly, click the Start Button, then click All Programs, and from the list that appears, click on Windows Update. If this method does not work for you, click the Start Button again and this time type ‘update’ into the search box and then click Windows update in the list of search results.
Now click Check for updates on the left side of the Windows Update window.
Windows will now search for updates, if any are found, click on Install updates. When doing so, you may have to type in an administrator password.
Windows will now install any available updates, and may restart in the process. Make sure you don’t have any important or unsaved work open during this time.
Open Settings. If you are on a touchscreen device, do this by swiping your finger from the left of your screen towards the centre, then tap Settings. If you’re using a mouse, move the pointer to the bottom right corner of the screen and then move it upwards, and then click Settings.
Once you have Settings open, tap or click Change PC settings and then click Update and recovery. Now tap or click Check now.
Windows will now search for updates, and if any are found, tap or click Install updates. When doing so, you may have to type in an administrator password.
Be wary that Windows may restart while installing updates, so make sure you don’t have any important or unsaved work open during this process.
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