Keep Windows Updated

This category main focuses on updating programs. Keeping windows updated allows your computer to operate at maximum speed.

Step 1: Windows Update

Updating the operating system is the most important thing you need to be updating on your computer, checking for updates for your windows operating system once a week is ideal.

Click on the start menu and then click on the settings icon.

On the search bar titled “Find a setting” type “update” and click “Check for updates“.

Under “Windows Update” click “Check for updates“.

Install any available updates; a restart may be required to install some updates.

Step 2: Virus and Threat Protection Updates (Windows Defender)

Unsurprisingly, security has a big impact on how well your computer will run; it is the difference between having a virus on your computer and not having one which is a big contrast to the speed and health of your computer. If your windows defender is not updated, then it is prone to new attacks.

To update your windows defender, go to the start menu and click on the settings icon.

Click on the “home” button if you are not already on the home screen and then click on “Update & Security“.

Click on “Windows Security“, then click on “Open Windows Security“.

Under the home screen of windows defender, click on “Virus & threat protection” and under “Virus & threat protection updates“, click on “Check for updates“.

Under “Protection updates” and “Threat definitions“, click on “Check for updates“.

After the update is complete, go ahead and run a virus scan, just go back to “Virus & threat protection” and then click “Scan Options” under the “Quick scan” and select a scan option and then select “Scan now“, doing a quick scan once a week is ideal, doing a full scan once a month is ideal as well, especially if you think your computer is infected with a virus.

Step 3: Graphics Card Updates (if you have one)

If you do not know if you have a graphics card, click on the start menu and type in “dxdiag“, and click “dxdiag“.

Click on the “Display 1” tab, under “Device” and beside “Name” if it states something like “Intel(R) HD Graphics” or anything to do with your CPU you most likely do not have a graphics card. If it displays anything else such as “NVIDIA” or “AMD” which are the most popular graphics card manufacturers you most likely have  a graphics card.

Here are the links to the AMD and NVIDIA websites to get the latest drivers for your graphics card.

AMD

Go to the website and find the latest driver for your graphics card, once you have found the latest driver for your graphics card download and install it on your computer.

NVIDIA

Go to the website and find the latest driver for your graphics card, once you have found the latest driver for your graphics card download and install it on your computer.

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