Today I noticed that there was an update for iTunes and figured this would be a good time to demonstrate how to check for updates so you’re sure to have the latest version.
1. If you have Automatic Updates enabled then when you launch iTunes it should notify you an update is available.
2. To make iTunes for Windows automatically check for updates, click on Edit then Preferences.
3. Click the General tab and check the box next to Check for new software updates automatically then click OK.
4. If you don’t set iTunes to check for updates automatically, you can check for them manually. To do that click on Help then Check for Updates.
5. It will check the update database and let you know if there is an update. In this example there is a new version 10.1.2…click Download iTunes.
6. The Apple Software Update window comes up and click on the iTunes + QuickTime update then Install 1 item. You can also install other new software like Safari if you want but it’s not required. Also notice it gives you an overview of what’s included or fixed with the update.
7. Accept the License Agreement…
8. Then wait while the update is downloaded and installed.
9. When it’s done you’ll get the following message letting you know the update has been installed successfully.
10. It will then go back to the Apple Software Update screen, click Quit to close out of it.
11. You’ll need to agree to another iTunes Software License Agreement.
12. Then the new version of iTunes will launch and you can begin using it.
13. To check which version you have click on Help then About iTunes.
14. The a About iTunes screen will come up and the version and other information will scroll up so you can check it out.
Whether you have iTunes check for updates automatically or do it manually, it’s always a good idea to make sure you have the current version for fixes, security patches, and extra features.