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Windows 7: Window updates?


10 Jul 2012   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
Window updates?

Should i set check for updates automatically or never check for updates? I find that annoying actually.


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10 Jul 2012   #2

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

I use. Download Updates and let me choose when to install.
That way I can see and decide whether to install. Keep in mind I check several times a day for updates so I don't get behind on them.
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10 Jul 2012   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

How do i know which is important and which is not?
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10 Jul 2012   #4
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello GradeAbra,

It's more of a personal choice that depends on your needs and what you prefer. If you don't mind manually checking for updates at least every second Tuesday of each month, then you could set it to "Never..." so as not to worry about having updates (ex: drivers) that you may not want installed.

Hope this helps.


For more information, see also:

Description of the standard terminology that is used to describe Microsoft software updates

and

Windows Update Settings - Change
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10 Jul 2012   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Normally should i install this kind of updates?


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10 Jul 2012   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

"It's more of a personal choice that depends on your needs and what you prefer. If you don't mind manually checking for updates at least every second Tuesday of each month, then you could set it to "Never..." so as not to worry about having updates (ex: drivers) that you may not want installed."

This is how I have it set up. I also visit this forum daily (to stay aware) and once in a blue moon, I'm alerted to an out-of-cycle Microsoft security update reported by a forum member.

As for deciding which to update, I generally accept all security updates even if I don't use the particular software module, such as wmp, ie, et al. The non-security updates require a few extra clicks beginning with the hyperlink, More Information, in the right column for each update. For example, a time-zone fix for a user in Bermuda would not apply for my system and I would ignore and have it hidden for future update scans.

Speaking of updates, it is past noon EDT and my check for updates since this morning has returned an up-to-date status. In the past Patch Tuesdays, I usually get results by 10-11am. Not even a MaliciousSoftwareRemovalTool. I hope that's not an indication of problems on my end.

Update: 13:00 EDT and the updates finally arrived. Also, clicking on More Information for security updates will net yourself a download to hold on to should a need arise to reinstall the OS. Those with data download limits will see the value of that.
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10 Jul 2012   #7
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by GradeAbra View Post
Normally should i install this kind of updates?
Usually you should install all updates, but just decide to do so or not on the "Optional" ones.
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10 Jul 2012   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by GradeAbra View Post
How do i know which is important and which is not?
Well, If Microsoft included them as Critical or Recommended updates, than they are important. You could attempt to read up on each and every one to determine if it's applicable to your system, or you could just accept them for what they are and install them.

On my home machines, I have it automatically check and install updates. No real issues to report using this method.
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12 Jul 2012   #9

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Is the Window Defender update still necessary if i am using other Anti-virus programme?
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12 Jul 2012   #10
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Yes.
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