How to Keep Your Software Updates Hassle Free



Senior editor

Parul Saxena

Chief editor

Last updated: December 19, 2017

Why is it so important to keep your software up-to-date in the first place? Because if you don’t, hackers could find security flaws that could pave a way for them to steal your data and/or personal information. You’ll also find that you don’t have access to the latest updated features, which could provide you with easier ways of completing tasks. The problem with updating software is that sometimes it’s more hassle than it’s worth. However, there are a number of tips you can take under your wing to ensure it is easier to achieve.

Things to keep in mind while Software Updates:

Use the Help Menu

Depending on the operating system/device you use will depend on whether this feature is accessible. However, most of the latest computers, operating systems and devices have it. Simply search for the help menu using your device and look for the “check for updates” feature. Once you’re on this help screen, you should be able to click a button and it’ll automatically search for updates for you. This feature is completely different for the device/operating system you use, but it should be around somewhere. If you have a windows 10 set-up, this option is definitely there, along with some of the earlier versions of windows.

Related Article: Why You Should Care About the New Windows 10 Update

Subscribe to Developer Blogs

Another handy (although time-consuming to setup) way of looking for updates easily is to subscribe to developer blogs. Most browsers now come with easy to use RSS feeds so you can set this up easily. You’ll need to compile a list of the blogs and developers you own software from, which is a time-consuming process, but once you have the list, it’s very easy to check for updates. Many computer owners overlook this tip because it’s time-consuming to setup, but it’s definitely one of the easiest ways available once it’s in working order.

Download Software Update Tools

There are, of course, many pieces of software out there that you can take advantage of to make updating software easy. Such software will automatically alert you when certain software has an update available, so you can pick and choose when to update it. There are also a number of other features that can automatically update software for you whenever you turn on the specific device.

Computer Control Panel

This might not work for some devices out there, but for computers running Windows and similar operating systems, it will. Simply enter the control panel and look for “add/remove programs”. This section will tell you when a piece of software was last updated. If it hasn’t been updated for more than a few months, there’s probably an update available and you should open the software to download it.

Bringing it all together

You would have thought there would be easier ways of updating software on certain devices, but there isn’t one standout way of doing it easily other than by using the automatic update feature. If you’re looking to keep your software updates hassle-free though, you might want to consider the above ways rather than having to keep updating each package individually.

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