iStock_000016717518_SmallIf you own a business, you’re accustomed to wearing many different hats. On any given day, you might have to act as an accountant, an authority figure, or even a counselor. But when it comes to technological issues, many business owners are reluctant to wear the “techie guru” hat.

You don’t have to; that’s what independent IT professionals are for! You can always hire an expert to help with complicated computer or network problems. But since you’re accustomed to doing things yourself, you may be wondering if there is anything you can do to keep your computers healthy.

As a matter of fact, there is! And it’s surprisingly simple. If you’re using Windows based computers, navigate to your control panel and click on Windows Update. Make sure updates are turned on, or follow the prompts to get this feature turned on in each office computer.

When you allow Windows to automatically update, all of the latest security and performance improvements will be installed on your computer. This is important, because the programmers at Microsoft are constantly testing Windows for weaknesses and fixing any issues they find. When a repair is released, it is automatically installed on all computers that allow updates. Of course, if you don’t have Windows Updates turned on, you won’t even know about these important changes!

You can set Updates to install whenever one is released, or you can customize the setting. At the very least, allow your computers to check for, and install, updates at least once per week. If the updating process interrupts your work day, you can set the updates to install overnight.

Most updates will install automatically, but occasionally Windows might need to ask for your input. Regularly check your notifications in the far right area of the task bar, so that your computers never miss an important Windows Update. And, as always, don’t hesitate to call an expert for help if you suspect something is amiss with your vital office equipment.