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How to Update Your Computer for Maximum Performance

Learning how to update your computer is an important skill if you want to enjoy everything your computer is capable of. Keeping your device updated ensures that you are running the most secure version of your operating system.

I recently published an Apple computer vs Windows 10 comparison based on my extensive experience using both platforms.

No matter which device you prefer, keeping them updated is key. Keep reading for easy to follow instructions for updating both Apple and Microsoft Operating Systems. I promise, this isn’t difficult and it makes all the difference in the world.

How do you update your windows computer?

For the 90 people that search “How do you update your windows computer?” on Google every month, this section is for you. If you have an iMac, Macbook Pro or Macbook Air, scroll down to the next section of this computer update tutorial.

  1. Open the Windows 10 Start Menu

Windows 10 Logo - Update Your Computer

Click on the Windows Logo at the bottom-left of your screen to open the Windows 10 Start Menu. The Windows Logo looks like a small group of four flags waiving. Alternatively, you can press the Windows Logo key on your keyboard to open the Windows 10 Start Menu.

  1. Launch Windows Update

Open Windows Update in Windows 10 Start Menu

Type “Update” using your keyboard. Click “Check for updates”.

  1. Check for New Updates from Microsoft

Check for updates - Update Windows 10 PC

Even if you see the message “You’re up to date”, make sure you click on “Check for updates”. If it finishes checking and still says “You’re up to date”, your computer does not require an update from Microsoft.

If your computer does download and install updates, restart your computer once the process is complete (it may do this automatically). When the computer turns back on, complete these steps again. Many Windows 10 Updates will only become available if their prerequisite updates are already installed.

Run CCleaner for Windows 10 (Free)

CCleaner for Windows 10 is a free program that cleans up cached files, removes cookies and fixes Windows registry errors. In my opinion you do not need to upgrade to the paid version.

Running CCleaner for Windows 10 is kind of like changing the oil in your car. Removing cached files (pre-loaded versions of the webpages you visit) can recover valuable hard drive space. Fixing Windows registry issues (the record of where your books are on the shelf) helps your computer more efficiently run commands. And removing cookies (tracking files left behind by websites you visit) help enhance your personal privacy on the web.

Install CCleaner for Windows 10

Run “Easy Clean” – CCleaner for Windows 10

Easy Clean - CCleaner Windows 10

Click on “Easy Clean”. Then click on “Analyze”.  If you’re asked to close running applications, click on “Close All”.

Next you’ll be told how many “Trackers” (Cookies) and “Junk Files” (Cached Content) they’ve identified. Click “Clean All” to improve the speed of your Windows 10 PC.

Clean the Registry of Your Windows 10 PC with CCleaner

Fix Windows 10 Registry Errors - CCleaner for Windows 10

Remember, the “Registry” of your Windows 10 computer is a record of where every file is located on your hard drive. This is just like the way books are organized in your local library.

When files are deleted or moved, sometimes old Registry entries remain. This means that the librarian has to search multiple locations for a file that may or may not be there. It really slows things down.

CCleaner for Windows 10 will scan your registry and delete inaccurate entires – allowing your computer to get right to the files it needs when you click on something.

Okay, that’s it for Windows. Next I’ll cover how to update your Apple computer.

How to update your computer (mac).

If you Googled “How to update your computer mac”, you aren’t alone. Apple has made it very easy to keep your MacBook, iMac and MacBook Pro computer running the latest version of Mac OS.

  1. Click on the Apple Logo in the top-left corner of your screen (drops down).

Apple Logo to Update Computer (Mac)

  1. Click “About This Mac”

About This Mac - Update Computer (Mac)

  1. Click “Software Update”

macOS Software Update Button

Yep, it really is that simple. The Apple update window will tell you if your computer has the latest version (macOS Catalina Version 10.15.1 as of this publication).

I recommend ticking the box next to “Automatically keep my Mac up to date.” When a macOS update is released by Apple it will automatically download in the background. A notification in the upper-right corner will alert you when it’s ready to install the latest update on your computer.

How to install and run CCleaner for Mac (Free).

Another good step to keep your MacBook, iMac or MacBook Air from slowing down: Install and run the free version of CCleaner for Mac.

Free CCleaner for Mac - Update Computer (Mac)

I try to remember to run the cleaner once a month, but if you forget it’s not the end of the world.

Run Cleaner to Speed Up Computer (Mac)

The cleaning process identifies and removes files that have been created to help webpages and other services load faster. These types of files are called “cache”. They are quickly regenerated when you visit a website or run a process on your computer. Over time your cache will explode in size – eating up valuable hard drive space. Think of this step as an oil change for your computer. The fewer excess files your hard drive has to fight through in order to get what it needs, the faster your computer will function.

Have a question about updating your Apple or Windows computer?

Leave a comment below if you run into trouble. I’ll receive an email alert and provide the best answer I can. Maybe someone else has the same question, so don’t be shy!

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