How to Check For Software Updates Using AutoUP

Keeping Windows up to date is part and parcel of regular system maintenance, and it helps to ensure the on-going health of your computer and improves your security levels.

But updating is not just something that applies to Windows – any program you have installed on your computer is prone to vulnerabilities and updates are often released to fix problems and patch holes that have been discovered. Is AutoP the answer?

While it is now quite common for software to include an automatic update feature, it is not something that is found in every program as standard. AutoUP is a free tool that can be used to ensure that more than 70 popular applications that you may have installed are kept up fully up to date.

AutoUP is not just about getting hold of the latest updates to your favorite programs, in many cases you can also be alerted to the release of beta versions enabling you to keep an eye on the latest features.

Download & Configure

You can download a free copy of AutoUP by paying a visit to the program web site and clicking the Try it NOW! link. Click the Download Now link and save the file to your hard drive, and while you’re at this page you can also download .NET Framework 2.0 if you do not already have it installed.

Despite being incredibly useful, AutoUP is a tiny program

Despite being incredibly useful, AutoUP is a tiny program

When the download is complete, extract the compressed file to the folder of your choice and launch the program by double clicking the AutoUP executable. Start by heading to the Settings tab and in the General section tick the box labelled Run on windows starts to launch the program automatically with your computer.

In the Scan section to the right, you can use the first two tick boxes to opt to have any available updates and beta automatically downloaded for you, but you might want to leave these boxes unticked to retain extra control over the whole process.

AutoUP can start automatically with Windows and check for updates and new betas

AutoUP can start automatically with Windows and check for updates and new betas

By default, AutoUP will check for software updates as soon as the program is launched, and by ticking the last box in the Scan section, you can extend these checks to include updates for Windows as well. You can use the options at the bottom of the dialog to choose where any files that are downloads should be saved. When you’ve chosen the settings you’d like to use, click Apply.

Updating Software

Click the Updates tab and you will see a list of any compatible software that you have installed. This list includes details of the exact version number of the applications and the right hand column indicates whether the software is up to date or not. If you do not have the very latest version of a particular program installed you will be informed by the words Update Found appearing in red text.

Program updates can be installed manually or automatically as you prefer

Program updates can be installed manually or automatically as you prefer

If you have opted to be notified of the availability of new beta versions, yellow test in the Scan Result column will let you know. To download any of the available updates, tick the boxes to the left of the program name and then click the Download link to the right.

While updates to Windows can be taken care of by Windows Update, you might want to use AutoUP to take care of all of your software updating needs. Click the Windows Update link to the upper right and then click then Check button. If there are any updates available, click the Install button to download and install them.

As well as updating apps, AutoUP can also keep Windows up to date

As well as updating apps, AutoUP can also keep Windows up to date

Downloading New Software

As well as keeping your software up to date, AutoUP can be used to download completely new software. Move to the Software tab at the top of the program window and make sure that you are in the Download section. Take a browse through the list of programs that is displayed, tick any that you are interested in and then click Download.

A raft of new software is available to install from within the program

A raft of new software is available to install from within the program

All of the programs that you see listed here are fully supported by AutoUP so you can use the program to keep them up to date in the future.

Controlling Startup Programs

In addition to these software and Windows updating options, AutomUP also includes the option to control programs that are configured to start with Windows with a view to helping to improve start times. To take advantage of this feature, move to the Startup section of the Software tab.

Removing unwanted startup items is a quick and easy way to improve the performance of your computer

Removing unwanted startup items is a quick and easy way to improve the performance of your computer

Take a look through the list and look for anything that you feel you do not need to be loaded automatically when you turn on your computer. To remove a particular program from your Startup group you can right click it and select Delete, or you can select several programs at once using the tick boxes and then click the Delete button to the right. If you do make any changes in this section of AutoUP, you should restart your computer straight afterwards so you can see what difference it has made.

Wrapping Up

Windows generally does a good job of keeping itself up to date, but the same cannot be said of other software you might have installed.

AutoUP is a great way to ensure that you are always running the most recently released version of the programs you use and includes some nice bonuses that could help to improve the performance of your computer.