Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

September 28, 2017
Be sure your PCs and Macs have the latest updates and protection

In the last year and a half, Microsoft introduced two new Windows 10 editions which your PCs should be running and you can now download and install macOS High Sierra for your Macs that will run it. You can see if your Mac is compatible at apple.com.

Let’s start with the PC. The latest Windows edition is the Creators Update and if you press the Windows key and the “R” key at the same time on your keyboard, when the box appears, type in “winver” without the quotation marks. Your computer should show version #1703. Follow my article: “Are you running the latest version of Windows?” printed in the Transcript Bulletin Newspaper on June 8, 2017, for details about installing the latest Windows version.

Also, to be certain you have the latest Windows updates, click the start button and then click the Settings icon. Next, click “Update & security.” If your machine doesn’t start automatically to check for updates, click the “Check for updates” button. If any updates are available, they will begin to download and install.

Once they are done, if you see a button to restart your machine, click to do it now. Continue to check for new updates in this manner until you receive the message that there are no more available updates.

For all the Mac owners, the time has come where you can download and install the new operating system: “macOS High Sierra,” which was released Monday, Sept. 25. I must say though, I learned some time ago that when a new operating system or an important update is released, it is sometimes better to wait a short period just to make sure there aren’t any major flaws in the software.

You may want to exercise the same prudence. Before going forward, be sure to make a backup of all your personal files. You can either do this by copying and pasting to an external drive or you can use TimeMachine to make a backup of everything, including your operating system.

It is recommended you install the newest operating system to give you the latest updates and protection, as well as new features that we’ll be exploring in my forthcoming articles. Go to the App Store and click the macOS High Sierra picture to begin the installation. Follow the directions until the installation is complete.

After the installation, it is a good idea to see if there may be other updates for your system. Open the App Store and at the top-right, click Updates. Install all remaining updates if any are needed.

For more than 15 years, Scott Lindsay has helped tens of thousands of people better their skills, publishing more than 400 articles about Apple and Microsoft software, the computer and the Internet. You can reach Scott for comments or questions at ScottLindsay@live.com.

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