Thursday, November 25, 2010

How To Check For Software Updates On Your Mac

One great thing about Apple Computers is that they are constantly being updated. In order to take advantage of this feature you must use an application known as “Software Update” in order to download the updates. This will keep you computer secure and help with any “bugs you may have encountered. This is a quick tutorial on how to find the “Software Update” application, how to run the application, and how to download the updates to your Macintosh Computer.


Step 1: On the top left corner of you Apple computer there is an Apple Logo. Click on the Apple Logo.




Step 2: A drop down menu will appear after you click on the Apple Logo. On this menu there is  an option called “Software Update” Click on this option. This will launch the “Software Update” application.




Step 3: You Apple computer will automatically check for new updates from the Apple servers. This can take a few minutes depending on how long it has been since your last update.




Step 4: After the software is done checking for updates you will see the above window. It gives you three options. The “Not Now” option will cancel the update and the “Continue” option will start the update. The “Show Details” option will show you exactly what updates you are about to download. Click on the “Show Details” button.


Step 5: You will now see a list of what “Software Update” will be installing. You may “check” and “uncheck” whichever updates you would like to download. You should now click on the “Install” button.




Step 6: Your Macintosh Computer is now automatically downloading and installing the updates. Depending on which updates you had to download you may or may not have to restart your computer. It is a good idea to check once a week for updates to your computer. Doing so will cut down on the amount of bugs you experience and increase your computers performance.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

How To Find Your Mac's Serial Number

Finding your Mac's serial number is very easy. It is located in a few different places. The easiest way to find out you serial number is through Finder. This is a step by step tutorial on how to find your Apple Computers Serial Number through the software.

Step One: On the top left corner of your desktop, click on the Apple Symbol.


Step Two: Clicking on the Apple Symbol will open a drop down menu. One of the options listed is About This Mac. Click on "About This Mac".



Step Three: After you click on "About This Mac" a new window will open. This window will tell you a lot of useful information about your mac, including your serial number. In order to see the serial number click on "Version" twice, which is located directly below the Apple Symbol and Mac OS X.



Step Four: You can now see your Apple Computer's Serial Number. It is very useful to keep your serial number handy. You will need it to have your computer serviced with AppleCare and you will need it when you call Apple's Technical Support line. It will also be required if your computer is ever stolen. Store your serial number in a safe place.