Trying to keep all applications on your Windows PC up to date is a chore.
Usually you have to open and check each app individually to see if there is an important or critical update waiting to be installed.
Well, instead of checking each program manually, there is an easier way and that is to use a software updater.
The best software updaters will check all your Windows applications for updates and then install them for you.
Tools like Patch My PC Home Updater, Ucheck by Adlice Software and IObit Software Updater automatically update the programs on your PC. That’s how they work.
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UCheck by Adlice Software
Adlice Software’s free version of UCheck scans for apps that need updating and lets you install those updates. For $13 per year, the premium version allows you to schedule scans and install new applications. For $32 per year, a Technician Edition offers portable configuration and license, scriptable software, and unlimited use on computers.
Like Patch My PC Home Updater, UCheck supports a healthy range of apps, but there will always be certain ones missing from the list. A handy link lets you suggest an app you think should be supported. After launching UCheck, click Scan button. In response, the program will show you how many apps need to be updated and how many apps are installed on your PC.
Click the link for Pending updates. On the available updates screen, you can choose all listed apps or just specific ones. press the Update selected button to update all selected apps, or click the action button for a specific app to download the latest update.
The program will then update to show the installed updates. A purple update means it has been downloaded but not yet installed. An update in green means it has been downloaded and installed.
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Finally, click on the icon for History & Settings to review various settings to tweak and view previous scan reports. Certain features and settings are not available in the free version. But if all you need is a good software updater, then the freebie should do the trick.
IObit software updater
IObit Software Updater is another powerful updater that supports a wide range of applications. The main disadvantage is that the free variant limits you to two updates per day. For more flexibility, you’ll have to shell out $13 for the Pro edition. Just be careful during installation as IObit tries to add other programs to your PC e.g. B. a VPN and a password manager. Just say no if you don’t need these extras.
Once the program is up and running, it will automatically scan your installed applications to determine which ones need updating, as listed in the Outdated section. You can mark only the apps you want to update or select all and click Update now Button.
Since the free version limits you to two updates per day, you’ll have to come back again tomorrow to update any remaining apps. Otherwise, the paid edition lets you update as many as you want and also offers an auto-update feature that automates the process. Overall the program worked fine although I encountered an error where it failed to update OBS Studio without explaining what went wrong.
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Along with Patch My PC Home Updater, UCheck, and IObit Software Updater, some programs include a software updater as part of their overall package. For example, Glary Utilities and Norton 360 both come with software updaters that work effectively. But whatever program you use, I think you’ll find that a software updater will save you a lot of time and effort.