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Windows 7: Is Windows Update important?

11 Jan 2013   #31
smarteyeball

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dwarf View Post

How many times have you written an essay in English at school, gone over it again and again and failed to notice simple errors that are glaringly obvious to someone else but which are seemingly oblivious to you? I know I have, and it's the same with software programmers.
Very good analogy.




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As for updates; there are quite a few that find that updates aren't necessary since there PC 'works'. Security wise, they may indeed be 'secure'. What they also seem to forget, or don't realise; is that some updates also improve performance.

Then there are those who 'believe they are secure', when in reality they aren't.

It's fine to admit that you don't use updates, but its not fine to advocate that behaviour.


This lemming however updates regularly and recommends the same. At least I know when I jump over the cliff I have a parachute.


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16 Jan 2013   #32
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Windows 7 SP-2 would slow down sales on Windows 8 even more so that is not going to happen.
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16 Jan 2013   #33
Wishmaster

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

IMHO, the best way to install Windows updates when available is:

1) Reboot the system

2) Do not do anything for a couple minutes. Let everything get up and running as it should be
(A good indicator for how long to wait would be when you see the little flag for Action Center show up. That should be plenty of time)
Then start the update process.

3) After the Update, reboot. Regardless if it tells you to, do it anyway.

I haven't really had any issue with updates personally. If its hanging at shutdown, it may be because of something else interfering.
This is why I always reboot before installing updates and after. You start your updates on a clean startup.
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18 Jan 2013   #34
robinb9

Windows 7 Pro 32/64 bit and Windows 10 Pro 32 Bit/64bit
 
 

I never put on all the updates at the same time. Even though it talks a little more time, if one goes haywire at least I know which one does it. If you throw them all on at once and one goes bad you will have to go back and uninstall them all and start all over to figure out which one did it

After I install one and it needs a restart. I check CPU usage to make sure it is not running the CPU hot or causing problems. If it is an Internet explorer or office doc it is doing it to I check out the program after the update to make sure all is fine. Then I go to the next one

This gives less headaches in the long run
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19 Jan 2013   #35
Kari

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by robinb9 View Post
I never put on all the updates at the same time. Even though it talks a little more
Mine is normally quite quiet, not saying much .

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by robinb9 View Post
if one goes haywire at least I know which one does it. If you throw them all on at once and one goes bad you will have to go back and uninstall them all and start all over to figure out which one did it
Click View Update History on the left side pane in Windows Update window to open this:

Is Windows Update important?-failed_updates.png

It shows you which updates were installed and which failed.

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