In November 2021, Windows 10 released their newest update which is called version ‘21H2’. It has been a while since we’ve seen a Windows update, but this is usually because they undergo rigorous tests before they are actually released to the public. This is due to the fact that anything which is making changes to your laptop is going to need to work efficiently and not slow anything down, in fact, this is the absolute opposite reason behind computer updates in the first place. That being said, the update is finally here and ready for installation. This article will discuss in a bit more detail what you can expect from the new Windows 10 update, as well as providing some helpful information pertaining to what system you are currently running and how you can install 21H2.
What Is the Newest Update Like?
Released on 16th November 2021, the newest update entitled 21H2 is actually a reasonably small update. Similarly to the updates that were previously seen in both October 2020 and also in May 2021, it mainly focuses on bug fixes. There are some changes that come with it though. For instance, there is better compatibility with the SAE Hash to Element, which is a security standard adopted by a lot of wireless networks that offers support to Windows Subsystems.
Why Is It Important to Keep Your Software Up to Date?
It is important that you are keeping your laptop or computer as up to date as possible. There is a reason why so many organisations enlist the assistance of IT specialists for help with keeping up to date with software, such as:
- They improve how your computer runs
There are a lot of benefits that come with computer updates but first and foremost, they are able to ensure your device works as efficiently as possible. This could be because they repair holes in your device’s security and fix any bugs that might be affecting the way your computer works.
- Patch up flaws with your device’s security
There are a lot of different online threats that you face when you use the internet and one of the most prevalent is that of hackers. Hackers absolutely love it when there are security flaws in devices as this provides them with a means to exploit that device and gain unwanted access to it and its contents. When you update the software on your device, you usually download software patches and these cover up any and all holes in your security, meaning hackers are not going to be able to get into your device.
- You will be able to keep all of your data secure
This is a concern for anybody with a computer but especially if you are a business as chances are, on your computers you are not only going to have information that relates to your business, but you are also going to have your customers’ information. As such, it is incredibly important that you are keeping all of this as safe as possible. Personal information is extremely valuable to cybercriminals who often use it to commit crimes and will also sell it on the dark web if given a chance.
How Can You Check That You Have the Latest Version of Windows Installed?
Checking to see whether you have the latest version of Windows installed is incredibly straightforward. The first thing that you need to do is open up your start menu (which is located in the bottom left of your screen) and then click on the settings icon (shaped like a little gear).
Once here, head over to the system and then about. After this, scroll all the way to the bottom where you will be able to find the section titled, ‘Windows Specifications’. If you are using the up to date version then it will state that your version number is ‘21H2’. If the number you see is lower than that then it means your version is older and subsequently out of date.
How Can You Install the Latest Version of Windows onto Your Computer?
When there is a new update provided by Microsoft, it will install itself automatically and so realistically you shouldn’t need to worry about it. That being said, these updates are not necessarily offered to all PC owners at the same time and instead they can be rolled out over elongated periods, meaning yours may not be up to date yet. As previously mentioned, this is usually done to ensure everything is okay with the update. If the option to install the update is not coming up for you, then it may be that Microsoft are not happy with it and think it needs more work.
If you are not entirely satisfied, there is always the option to override this option and just install the update regardless. If you do experience any problems then it’s easy to just downgrade back to your current software.
If you want to go through this route then you need to go onto settings, update and security, followed by windows update. Once you’re in here, you should see an option that states, ‘check for updates’. If there is a stable version of the new update available then you will see it here, and be given the options to download and install it.
Windows released its new update in November and with it came a number of bug fixes that will allow your organisation to run a lot smoother and keep your device secure. It is incredibly straightforward to check that your computer is as up to date and secure as possible. It is equally straightforward to update your computer if you realise it is not running the most up to date software.
Of course, if you are in the process of running your business, learning about software updates and getting them installed could simply be a hassle and cost time that you don’t have. If this is the case then you should consider enlisting the help of an organisation such as F1 Support. They will be able to provide you and your business with all of the necessary IT support, allowing you to remain secure while running your company. If you have any questions about how F1 Support can help then do not hesitate to get in touch.