How Do I Update My iPad Using a PC?

The Apple iPad can perform almost any business task that a laptop or desktop computer can in a much smaller package that's easier to transport. To keep the iPad running smoothly, update the software at your company regularly. New software updates often contain new programs, and -- more importantly -- they have bug fixes for problems that existed in previous versions of the software. Connect the iPad to a PC to download and install the update with the help of iTunes. Back up your files and make sure iTunes is up to date before you perform the iPad software update.

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    Connect the iPad to the PC with the iPad's USB cord. Open iTunes if it does not open automatically.

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    Left-click on the iPad under the Devices section on the left side of the iTunes window if you enabled the "Show Sidebar" option in iTunes 11. If not, select the iPad from the Devices section located in the top right corner of the screen.

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    Click the Summary tab near the top of the iTunes window and click “Check for Update.”

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    Click “Download and Update” when prompted to do so. Leave the iPad plugged in until the update is complete.