1. Log into the control panel of your computer or device. Depending on the operating system you are using, you may need to locate the ‘Control Panel’ function in the start menu or right-click the desktop and select “control panel.”
2. Once in the control panel, look for an icon or heading labeled “System and Security.” This will vary depending upon the type of computer or device you are using.
3. Click on the System and Security option and then select “Windows Update.” If the Computer you are using is not a Windows PC, then this option may be labeled differently or not present at all; however, the general idea is to locate the update or patch feature in the computer’s control panel.
4. Click on the “Check for Updates” button. In some cases, it may be a link instead of a button. This will initiate a scan of your computer to check for any available updates or patches.
5. The system will display several options for updates. Depending on your computer’s configuration, the list may contain Windows, Programs, Drivers and optional software updates.
6. Review each of the available updates and decide which you would like to install. If you do not wish to install all of the available updates, uncheck the checkbox next to any that you wish to omit from the installation.
7. Once you have made your selection, click the “Install Updates” button to begin the download and installation process.
8. You may be prompted to restart your computer. If so, save any open documents, close all programs, and follow the instructions provided by the system.
9. After your computer has restarted, the update process is complete and your system should now have the latest patches and updates installed.
10. To confirm, you can re-run the “Check for Updates” feature. If no new updates are displayed, then the updates you installed are the most current available and you can be satisfied that your system is running with the latest improvements and bug fixes.