Microsoft logoDuring the past few months we have been focusing on not only what causes a slow computer, but also how to repair a slow computer. The last article written for Computer Repair Vancouver discussed how a PC running a variety of background processes and programs can begin to bog down. Furthermore, it touched on how to deal with this situation, largely by removing start up programs and other processes.

Today we are going to discuss how to update your version of Microsoft Windows since, we have heard, that an out of date operating system can potentially lead to a slow computer. We are not entirely sure about this; however, since updating your system is extremely easy we decided that we might as well include it in our thorough analysis.

Windows is out of date

Microsoft Windows, like any other modern day operating system is a complicated beast. As a result of this complexity, problems are found with it on a semi-regular basis (some problems Microsoft knows about and some problems they don’t – until they are forcefully woken by specific programmers). In any case, once in a while Microsoft comes up with a group of updates and distributes it to the public at large. However, not everyone’s computer is automatically updated as soon as these new files come onto the scene.

Repair an Out of Date Computer Operating System

There are a few ways you can update your version of Windows (we will be discussing the procedure for Windows 7; however, other versions of Windows are fairly similar.

The first way, and one recommended by Computer Repair Vancouver for computer newcomers is to turn on the automatic update routine. When you do this, you are telling Windows to go and check for new updates. If it finds them, then it will download and install them. If it does not, then nothing will happen.

In order to turn on automatic windows updates do the following

  1. Click on the Microsoft start menu (circle in the bottom left corner)
  2. Click on All Programs
  3. Click on Windows Update
  4. Click on the Change settings link on the left side of the window.
  5. Go to the Important updates area and select Install updates automatically (recommended)
  6. Click on the Ok button
  7. Restart your machine. At some point Microsoft Windows should check and make sure that you are up to date.

For more advanced computer users, like ourselves, we tend to turn this feature off and manually perform updates once in a while.

If you want to manually install windows updates do the following:

  1. Click on the Microsoft start menu (circle in the bottom left corner)
  2. Click on All Programs
  3. Click on Windows Update
  4. Click on the Check for updates link on the left side of the window.
  5. Click on the Install Updates button

Just remember that if you choose not to turn on automatic updates, you will need to remind yourself to manually check for updates every once in a while. If not, your computer will become quite out of date. This may or may not speed up your computer (we doubt it to a certain degree); however, updates often do add important security features to remove exploits which have been found recently.

What’s next?

Today’s discussion, regarding an out of date Windows causing computer slowness, was fairly brief compared to the other articles we have written on the topic. This is because, firstly, updating Windows is extremely easy and secondly; we doubt that many slow computers will be repaired by this method. Nonetheless, as stated prior, we are trying to be extremely thorough in our discussion of the topic, so we thought we would include it anyways.

Assuming that updating your operating system did not cure your problems, it is time to move onto the next possible cause of a slow computer – corrupt or old drivers. Within the next week or two Computer Repair Vancouver will be posting an overview about drivers, as well as how to deal with corrupt or old ones.