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Windows 7: Should I install recommended updates that I don't need?

26 Dec 2015   #1
Computer0304

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit/Windows 8 64-bit/Win7 Pro64-bit
 
 
Should I install recommended updates that I don't need?

Is it necessary to install recommended updates that don't apply to me? They must be called "recommended updates" for a reason. But barely any of the issues they fix occur for me.

Also, there is one recommended update that I'm not sure if I need of not. This update appears to be for USB Type-C billboard support but what is a billboard in this case? I may get a phone with a USB Type-C port in the future but that doesn't mean the computer itself has a Type-C port, so do I need it?


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26 Dec 2015   #2
torchwood

W7 home premium 32bit/W7HP 64bit/w10 tp insider ring
 
 

Id say NO, some of them relate to W10 upgrades.
You can allways check them via the more details option on the same screen.

Roy
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26 Dec 2015   #3
Brds7t7

Windows 7 Pro 64-Bit, Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit, Windows 8.1 Pro 64-Bit
 
 

I've installed all recommended updates, with the exception of 6 which relate to Windows 10 and the new telemetry updates, I certainly don't feel these necessary as I have no intention of installing Windows 10.
But I wouldn't say the recommended updates are necessary unless they're fixing a specific problem you're having. I just like to keep my exclude list small.

The only updates I would deem necessary are the security updates, I never skip those.
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26 Dec 2015   #4
Computer0304

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit/Windows 8 64-bit/Win7 Pro64-bit
 
 

Well, I checked the recommended updates individually and none of them are necessary for me. (Except for maybe the USB Type-C update) I guess I don't have to install any of them unless I have the issues, right? Do any important updates require other recommended updates?
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26 Dec 2015   #5
Brds7t7

Windows 7 Pro 64-Bit, Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit, Windows 8.1 Pro 64-Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Computer0304 View Post
Well, I checked the recommended updates individually and none of them are necessary for me. (Except for maybe the USB Type-C update) I guess I don't have to install any of them unless I have the issues, right? Do any important updates require other recommended updates?
Yeah, I'd just leave those out. Like I said, I only install them to keep my exclude list to a minimum but most of them I could probably skip.
I don't think important updates rely on recommended updates, I think it's likely some recommended updates rely on certain important ones being installed though.
As long as you keep your important/Security updates up to date, it should all be fine.
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26 Dec 2015   #6
Computer0304

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit/Windows 8 64-bit/Win7 Pro64-bit
 
 

Thanks for the answer. Also, what do you guys think the USB Type-C billboard is?
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26 Dec 2015   #7
Brds7t7

Windows 7 Pro 64-Bit, Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit, Windows 8.1 Pro 64-Bit
 
 

Computer0304, just wondering which update are you referring to?
My board doesn't have any USB Type-C connectors so I don't receive any updates that relate to it.
Sounds like some kind of compatibility update.
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27 Dec 2015   #8
Computer0304

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit/Windows 8 64-bit/Win7 Pro64-bit
 
 

The update that I linked in the original post.
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27 Dec 2015   #9
thelma

windows 7 professional 64 bit
 
 

Hello Computer0304,

I had a look at that update, only windows 8 is mentioned for that update, no windows 7 anywhere.
I presume you are using windows 7 ?
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27 Dec 2015   #10
Brds7t7

Windows 7 Pro 64-Bit, Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit, Windows 8.1 Pro 64-Bit
 
 

Hi Thelma, I think that's Microsoft just being lazy lately. I've noticed a few updates lately that have said only for Windows 8 but they get offered to Windows 7 PC's too. They just haven't updated the articles to reflect that.

Unless you're using a Kingston thumb drive it's probably not needed. No idea what the billboard refers to though.
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