Follow these steps before updating your Windows PC. Just because you updated the round does not mean you are done.
As of July, Windows is the operating system running on 87% of the world’s PCs.
You are probably using Windows 10. Windows 7 support, which expired months ago and does not use the dangerous old OS. Resistance to change? If you know how to change the settings, you can make Windows 10 look like its predecessor.
Implementing the latest operating system on all your devices is one of the best ways to protect your digital identity. What else can you do? Try this quick privacy check for my tips.
Now, not every Windows release is reliable and breaks everything from your printer to your internet connection. That’s why people know four smart steps before clicking “Update”. You will thank me later
- Back up your data
Have you ever accidentally crashed your computer? When you realize that you can’t get back all the files you neglected to store elsewhere, that fear is hard to grasp.
Before updating, give everything back. You can go to the cloud storage path or make a physical backup from an external hard drive or USB flash drive. If you are using a flash drive, make sure you have enough space to manage everything you need to save.
Physical backups come with a certain amount of risk. What if something happens to your external drive, or you misuse that little USB stick? It can happen, and you kick yourself.
My priority is cloud storage. Choose encrypted and give you enough space for all the files you need to store. The best companies out there will automatically import your data and return all your devices to a single account. This makes any file super easy.
- Turn off your antivirus (and then turn it back on)
It is a good idea to do less cooking in the kitchen when updating your system. Third party antivirus software can be exceptionally granular when you upgrade your OS. You do not need your AV scanning files because you are installing new ones.
Before you hit the update, uninstall your antivirus. You can disable it, but each AV is different and it is easy to ignore certain tasks and keep them running. Once your update is complete, reinstall and you’re good to go.
Note: If you are running Microsoft security products such as Windows Defender, you can skip them. Click here to find out if Windows Defender is enough to protect your computer.
- Disconnect all your external devices
Peripheral is any external device that connects to your computer. Think printers, webcams, and external storage. These can prevent updates from being installed. If your computer reboots and you get stuck with a black screen, this could be a problem.
Leave only the tools you need plug-ins. This means you can connect your mouse and keyboard.
What if your peripherals do not work properly after your update? Try changing the USB port. You can turn off your computer and plug in the device again after 10 minutes.
If all else fails, try reinstalling through Device Manager in the Start menu.