An operating system is the technology software that makes the hardware work. It filters through and stores information, troubleshoots, and keeps computer tasks running as smoothly as possible. Because of this, it’s imperative that the operating system is updated frequently so it’s current with the advancements of technology. Set up your computer so it automatically installs updates from the Internet to keep your programs performing optimally.
Windows users should adjust their settings to enable automatic updates. Keep in mind that the updates won’t work unless the computer is connected to the Internet either by cable, modem, or through a wireless connection. To set this up, go to the Microsoft Update website. If your computer is already set up for automatic updates, your Control Panel will open and you will see your update status. If you don’t already have the automatic update running, the site will notify then guide you through the process of setting it up. Generally, the updating process will go smoothly without a hitch. You don’t even have to be in the room. Sometimes, however, you need to input information. When this happens, you will be notified in the right side of your task bar. Double-click the notification and follow the directions on the screen.
Mac users have several options for keeping their operating system updated. In the Apple menu, users can select the Software Update option. In the window that appears, users can select items they want to install then follow the instructions on the screen. To get automatic updates, Mac users should go to the Software Update pane, which is found under System Preferences. Browse through the preferences for scheduling automatic checks. Users can update daily, monthly, or choose to turn off all scheduling. If an operating system is Mac OS X v10.5 or later, users can set their preferences to download important updates automatically.