Windows is a complicated piece of software and it's being updated all the time to fix errors or close security holes. Much of the software we use on a day-to-day basis also has regular patches to improve performance.

For many, the process of updating can be a pain, but it’s of vital importance that you keep the software on your laptop up to date. Not only will updating your PC make it safer and more reliable but you’ll also benefit from added features and compatibility. The idea of updating software might sound a bit long-winded, but you can get it done quickly and in many cases automatically.

First and foremost ensure that Windows is set to automatically update. Open Control Panel and then click on Windows Update. Here click on Change settings and then make sure that the Install updates automatically (recommended) option is selected. When you’ve done this click back to Windows Update and then select Check for updates to see if there’s anything your PC needs.

Web browsers are the applications where most of our work is happening these days so ensure that you are running the latest versions. If you use IE then Windows Update will ensure that it’s always running the latest version. However, if you use a third-party web browser like Firefox or Chrome you should check to see you have the latest version. Chrome will update silently in the background, but it’s best to check which version you have installed. In Chrome go to the settings and click on About Chrome if a new version is available click on Update Chrome. For Firefox go to Tools > Options > Advanced > Update.

You should also ensure that Adobe Acrobat, Adobe Flash and JavaScript are kept up-to-date as they are popular targets for malware authors and hackers. 

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