Updating a laptop is possible in two ways. Software update and hardware upgrade. Updating software is basically the same as updating the Windows/Mac OS or the second way is to upgrade your laptop’s hardware. Many laptops are eligible to have RAM, SSD, or HDD upgrades.
Depending upon how you want to update your laptop. Below is covered both ways.
How to update a laptop.
Step.1 On your laptop, use the search bar and search “Windows update.”
Regardless of the brand of the laptop, HP, Lenovo, or Dell, if they are running on windows 8,10 you can simply use the windows search bar to search for “windows update.”
Step.2 On the page choose “check for updates”.
By clicking on the option “Check for updates” windows will automatically look for missing updates that should have been done earlier. If nothing is available to update, it means your laptop is already updated to the latest versions.
Step.3 Choose updates to install
In case your laptop is not up-to-date, a list of all available updates will appear, and they will be categorized into “Optional” and “Recommended.” Click the titles to navigate to each section. It is possible to manually select which updates to install.
Setting your laptop to update automatically
You can set your laptop to update automatically once a week. So the process of installing updates will be done automatically whenever a new update comes from Microsoft.
A weekly update check is recommended by Microsoft.
- Set up your computer to automatically update.
- On the Windows Update screen,
- click “Change Settings” on the left.
- You will see a pull-down menu that allows you to choose to install updates manually or automatically.
You also can choose when your computer installs these updates.
Checking the history of updates
It’s possible to check the list of updates that have been installed on your laptop. So you can make sure what updates from Microsoft have been released and which updates are automatically installed on your device.
Step. 1 Go to the windows update page.
Step. 2 Scroll down and click on “View updates history”
Step. 3 List of updates installed on your laptop
On this page, you can see the updates done on your laptop. It’s possible you may have not done it manually but laptops by default tend to update automatically. However, uninstalling an update is possible from this page if you want, simply click the (clickable text) of the update, and choose to uninstall.
Updating a laptop’s hardware
Many laptops can be upgraded in a few common ways. These upgrades will be easiest on older laptops, which are bulkier and often more upgrade-friendly.
Upgrading RAM on a laptop
Your laptop may have available RAM slots, so you can simply buy another stick of RAM and install it to upgrade your laptop’s RAM memory. In cases where your laptop’s RAM slots are full, you can remove the existing RAM sticks and install new RAM sticks with more capacity. If you decide to go this route, make sure you purchase the right type of RAM for your laptop.
Upgrade to an SSD:
You may be able to upgrade your laptop with a solid-state drive if it comes with a slower mechanical hard drive. Most laptops are eligible for this, upgrading to SSD over HDD is the best decision you make to make your old slower laptop a bit faster.
The computer industry is continually developing new programs and features, so updating a laptop/computer is essential to cope up with the latest technology. Windows isn’t perfect; when it gets outdated, plenty of risks increase, such as poor performance and bugs. In addition, if you don’t update your computer often, you may not get the latest security updates for Windows Defender.