Keeping all your apps up-to-date is good practice to ensure everything runs smoothly and you are protected from malicious attacks all the time.
Same is true for your OS (Operating System). If you use Microsoft Windows, you’re in luck because Microsoft regularly provides updates and fixes to your computer’s operating system, software, and hardware. They also provide Automatic Updates so you don’t need to check their site to search for recent updates. What happens is that when you’re online, Automatic Updates searches for updates from the Windows Update Web site. An icon will then appear in the notification area at the far right of the taskbar every time that new updates are available. You can choose to schedule this on a later time, download the update(s) in the background whilst you’re working, or ignore it.
The problem with an unwanted update is that you will have to restart your computer for the changes to be implemented which will take up your time and internet bandwidth. When every minute counts, this isn’t acceptable.
One option you can do to avoid this is to adjust Windows Update's active hours, which specifies a period when an automatic restart supposedly won't take place. However this will only work if you leave the computer on during non-active hours.
The only way you can make absolutely sure that Windows won't update at an inappropriate time is to run the Windows Update manually. This is ideal when you’re getting ready for a big event such as an important client presentation. Here’s how to do it:
1. Click the Start Button > Click Settings (button with the cogwheel symbol).
2. Click Update & Security
3. Then, on the Windows Update tab, click Check for updates. Here you can also change Windows Update's Active hours.
You can also type "Check for updates
" in the Windows search field. Or, create a desktop shortcut:
1. Right click an empty space on the desktop
2. Select New > Click Shortcut
3. Then, use ms-settings:windowsupdate as the location of the item the shortcut points to.
Wait for the updates to be downloaded and installed. Most of the time, that's all you'll need to do. Windows may ask to restart once the update is complete.
Doing this once a week or a few times a month is still a good practice to make sure your computer is updated. Another advantage is that the update process will also be quicker since you install only one or two at a time rather than a whole bunch of them which could take some time.
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