You might have heard the news about “PrintNightmare,” a vulnerability in the Windows Print Spool service that could put hackers in control of your PC under certain conditions.
Microsoft has officially issued a patch that works to resolve the problem and urges all Windows users to install it as soon as possible.
How to Update your Windows PC
Generally, your Windows 10 PC will keep itself updated to a point. I always urge my clients to check for any Feature updates or other updates that haven’t been installed yet (usually because people are so afraid to update things).
Updating your Windows 10 PC is very simple. Begin by heading to the Start Menu and click on the Settings icon (gear wheel) after which a new window will pop up (the Settings section). Then you need to click on Update & Security, and finally, click on Check for Updates.
The Windows operating system will check with the Microsoft servers for any available Windows updates, security patches, other Microsoft application updates, and hardware drivers (components within your computer, printers, scanners, etc.) available for your computer. You should install every update suggested then restart the computer, if it doesn’t restart as part of the update. Then check for any further updates until there are no new updates found.
Don’t Skip Updates
I suggest going back and checking for updates again because in my experience most computers I come in contact with are way behind on updates. Generally, I hear people make these common complaints when the subject of Windows updates (or Mac for that matter) come up:
- Updates take too long
- An update created all sorts of problems
- Changes in the software they are using
Microsoft has improved the update process for Windows 10, especially if your computer is newer (bought in the last 2-3 years). Computers older than 2-3 years will potentially take longer on updates, but all that means is a little extra time.
Usually I see problems in computers that were updated from an earlier Windows to Windows 10 — if I haven’t been taking care of the computer. Other times there were problems before the update issue, which is why I urge clients to have me give their technology a check-up to ensure there are no creeping problems.
Changes or updates in software are inevitable. Typically, if a major change is going to happen within a certain software application, there will be a notification. Such as with the upcoming Windows 11 “update” — it’s different. If you like Windows 10 and don’t like change, don’t update to Windows 11. 🙂
None of these, however, should be a deterrent to installing important updates that can help keep your computer (and the files within it) safe.