Think of keeping your computer software updated in the same way you would keep up with routine maintenance on your car. What would happen if you never changed your oil or rotated your tires? Your car wouldn’t run as efficiently as it could, your gas mileage would drop, you might have a blow-out, or eventually the car could stop running altogether. Even if you have a new computer or purchased new software, you still need to schedule periodic updates. Here are four reasons to schedule routine software updating on your computer:
To learn more about updating software and to find out if your computer has all the current updates, go to Microsoft’s Updating Your Computer and follow the instructions. This site also includes options to update Office products such as Word, Excel, Outlook, and Power Point. There is also an option to set up automatic updating. Make sure to schedule this at a time you know your computer will be turned ON and connected to the Internet. If it seems your computer is taking too long to process the update, check to see if a dialog box is waiting on a reply. Never interrupt or turn your computer off during the update process as this can cause all kinds of unwanted issues. Although an update can run while you are using your computer, the process is much more efficient if it occurs when you do not have any programs running.
To keep LogMeIn, Adobe Acrobat or other installed software updated, simply accept the updates when the option box appears in the lower right hand corner of your PC.