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IObit Software Updater 1.1.0.1801

Scan, locate and update your installed applications

by Chris Wiles

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License: Freeware
Operating Systems: Windows 10, Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8, Windows Vista (32 bit), Windows Vista (64 bit), Windows XP
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Languages: English
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 29 April 2019
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Developer: IObit
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IObit Software Updater 1.1.0.1872
Scan, locate and update your installed applications

Unless you download Windows 10 apps from the Microsoft Store, most installed software still won't auto-update. Web browsers will notify you of a new update, your security software will auto-update and so will Windows itself, but most other tools sit happily on your system and you might never know when a key update is available unless you go checking.

IObit Software Updater is a free tool which will scan your system, check for all your installed software, compare this to an online database and then will warn you if an update is available.

That's the good news. The less good news is that the database is very small and finds only essential software updates. Worse, one of the recommended updates was for Google Chrome, which auto-updates anyhow. The other was for Avira Safe Shopping, which although must have been embedded in the Registry, wasn't installed on our system.

We then ran a comparison to our own Updater Tool, which listed updates for Adobe Brackets, Xara Photo & Graphic Designer and Amazon Music, tools which didn't appear in the IObit Software Updater, at all.

IObit Software Updater also offers a number of recommended tools you can download from various categories, some we'd recommend, others we perhaps wouldn't.

The Software Updater will create a system restore point, in case you update software which causes your system to become unstable. You can also schedule automatic updates and add programs to your 'ignore list' (it offered to add Avira Safe Shopping to our ignore list, for example).

Verdict:

It's very hard to recommend IObit Software Updater right now as it locates few software titles from its database and the tools it does feature (Chrome, Firefox, Adobe products, security tools) mostly auto-update anyhow.

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Windows 10 May 2019 Update ISO (build 1903)

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This is the latest version of Windows May 2019 Update. it's a media creation tool that can be used to upgrade an existing installation of Windows or create installation media for another PC. Just make your choice after launching the tool and it'll do the rest.

What was new in Windows 10, when it was released? The OS brought back the Start Menu, though with a twist: live tiles keep you up-to-date with the latest news while also providing an easy way to launch apps. (Don't worry if you prefer the Start Screen, it's still there and you can boot into it if you prefer.)

Apps now work much more like regular desktop programs. They have minimise, maximise, restore and close buttons, and can be resized (to a degree) and organised however you like.

If you've still lost track of a program in the mass of open windows, a new Task Spaces feature can help. Click its taskbar button and you'll see thumbnails for everything running now, a little like OS X's Mission Control - just click something to switch to it.

Better still, Task Spaces also supports virtual desktops. Add extra desktops as required and it'll display thumbnails of each one, making it easy to identify whatever you're after and switch to it.

There's also smarter snapping, new customisation options, and even a bunch of experimental additions to the command prompt.

May 2019 Update brings a whole host of new features for Windows 10. See the Microsoft Blog for more information.

The Windows 10 ISO will give you build 1903 which is the May 2019 Update.

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