Secure your PC by installing updates in Windows 8
How often do you update the operating system and software installed on your computer? Well, it’s a good practice to update a PC regularly. However, if you don’t install the updates, your computer is vulnerable to security threats and it might not function smoothly.
So, if you are using Windows 8 Consumer Preview, check for the updates. If any updates are available, download and install them on your computer.
Of course, you should upgrade to the final version of Windows 8 when it is launched by Microsoft on October 26, 2012.
Here we discuss the importance of Windows 8 updates, steps to install them, and how to customize the settings.
Importance of Windows 8 updates
Microsoft keeps releasing updates for its operating systems from time to time. These updates include security patches, performance improvements, or new features. As Windows 8 is a new operating system, it might initially have a few bugs and security loopholes. To fix these issues and to tackle the computer security threats that are identified, Microsoft will release updates. So, install Windows 8 updates when they are available to keep your PC up to date.
Customize the Windows 8 update settings
If you do not want to manually update Windows 8, you can configure the operating system to install updates automatically. Microsoft recommends that computer users should enable the option to automatically install the updates. It’s convenient and you won’t have to keep checking for the updates from time to time. There are more options for Windows Updates. You can set Windows to download the updates but lets you choose whether to install them. Another setting configures Windows to check for updates but lets you choose whether to download and install them. So, customize the Windows 8 update settings according to your requirements.
Learn how to install updates in Windows 8
You can manually check for updates in Windows 8 Consumer Preview and install them by following the steps given here:
- Move the mouse pointer to the top right corner of the screen to display the ‘Charms’ menu.
- Now click on the ‘Settings’ charm.
- Click on the option ‘Change PC Settings’.
- In the left pane, click ‘Windows Update’.
- Click on the ‘Check for updates now’ button.
- If any updates are available to be installed, a list will be displayed.
- Select the updates that you want to install and click the ‘Install’ button.
- Wait for the installation to complete and then click the ‘Restart Now’ button.