Remember those messages that crop up frequently to install windows update. At times, these messages can be a nuisance especially when you are in the middle of something important. It does consume your internet bandwidth. At times, the windows update won’t allow you to shut down computer because it is in the middle of installing update.
What is Windows Update?
Windows Updates are periodic updates that are released by Microsoft for the purpose on installing on your operating system. When an operating system is installed, it frequently checks for critical and minor updates which is essential for making the operating system secure and function properly.
Microsoft started the practice of releasing updates with the release of Windows ME, one of the worst operating system ever released by Microsoft.
What is the purpose of Microsoft releasing windows updates?
Fix Bugs (Critical Updates)
No software is perfect including the Operating system. After releasing a software to the public, manufacturers often come across situations where they find bugs which often result in their software crashing or create compatibility issues. When such issues are reported, the software developers immediately go to work in order to fix these bugs. The fix is then released as Windows update.
Fix security holes (Security Updates)
A security software alone cannot protect your computer from malicious software’s and hackers. Security holes are usually present in every software, including the operating system and other applications in a computer. A hacker or malware programmer use these security loopholes to gain entrance into the computer and steal information. There are white hat hackers and security analysts around the globe who are constantly involved in reporting these threats to Microsoft. Microsoft even pays a bounty for reporting these threats.
Microsoft release the fixes in the form of security update. You should never stay away from installing these updates.
Improve or add new features to operating system (Software updates)
Microsoft release these updates to add new feature or improve an existing feature. For e.g., Microsoft released IE 11 as windows update for Windows 7. Still Microsoft release updates for IE 11 to make the browser more secure and improve performance.
Fix software and hardware conflicts (Critical updates or optional updates)
When an operating system is released, initially it may not be compatible with certain hardware and software. Whenever such situations are widely reported, Microsoft and the other third party manufacturer come up with solutions as critical updates or optional updates. Optional updates sometimes contain updates for your hardware which can immensely improve its performance.
Should you allow Microsoft to install these updates with your permission?
A security software alone cannot keep your computer secure without a secure operating system. Installing windows updates is what make your computer secure.
It is safe to allow windows update to get installed automatically. In the past, windows update did have a reputation of creating problems after installing. But Microsoft did learn from their mistakes. In recent times there are not much cases of windows update creating major issues. (Not considering the update from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1)
If you are still not comfortable with installing windows update automatically, you can change the windows update settings to Notify before Installing. This will allow you to check the available updates before installing.
Practice safe computing by keeping your computer updated with windows update.