If you’re signed up for automatic updating (and we hope that you are), you’ll get all the security updates for your operating system and other Microsoft software such as Internet Explorer, Microsoft Word, Windows Defender, Microsoft Security Essentials, Microsoft Excel, and more.
Note: If you have a Windows Phone, you can adjust the settings to get automatic updates.
What about non-Microsoft software?
To help keep your computer secure and running smoothly, you’ll need to update not just your Microsoft software, but all of your other software too. That includes software that came with your computer, as well as apps, programs, and other software that you downloaded yourself.
Most software should:
- Update itself automatically, or
- Notify you when an update is available so that you can decide whether you want to install it.
It’s a good idea to go through all your software and look for a “Check for updates” option in one of the menus. For example, you can update Adobe Reader by going to Help > Check for updates.