To ensure your computer is protected, and that you have access to the most advanced features and functions, Windows must update your computer regularly. When those pesky update reminders pop up, they may be easy to ignore, but ignoring them is the last thing you should do. Here’s why.
You Need to Suffer the Updates
Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing worse than logging onto your computer for the day and waiting for an update to process. Some updates are short and sweet, but some take ten minutes or more to complete. If you must get down to business right away, automatically schedule an update for a more appropriate time, or set a reminder to launch the update during lunch, a meeting or when you leave for the day.
Updates Are Random and Required for Many Reasons
Updates and patches are as-needed, so there is no set date or time when you can expect them. As Windows performs your computer or laptop’s updates and patches, it will indicate how many are left to process. The more updates you’ve missed, the longer it will take to complete. It may not cross your mind just what these updates entail or whether it is important to complete them. However, trust us when we say it is always important to update. There could be changes to code, updates that allow you to enjoy new features and functions and, most importantly, there could be crucial security updates.
On May 12, 2017, business owners and everyday citizens from around the world experienced how devastating it can be when you don’t perform a Windows update that contains a security fix. This was the day the global WannaCry ransomware attack infected computers in over 150 countries. The 200,000+ ransomed computers could have been safe had the users installed the timely Windows updates.
Major Windows Updates for 2017
There have already been some major Windows updates this year. It’s always wise to confirm if you have any impending updates, especially on shared computers. Here are some of the most notable updates and fixes:
Windows 10 – The most recent update for Windows 10 was two days prior to the WannaCry cyber-attack. However, it was the March update that featured the fix for this ransomware. The May 10, 2017 update is known as the version 1703 of the Creators Update. To view the individual fixes, visit the Windows 10 Update History: Version 1703 page.
Windows 8 – The most recent 8.1 update was also in May. To access new features without upgrading to Windows 10, keep an eye out for Patch Tuesday.
Service packs – If your preferred version is Windows 7, your most recent Convenience Rollup and patches were released in April 2016. This is essentially Windows 7 SP2. Vista is on SP2, XP and XP is on SP3
To see if you have any outstanding updates:
- Click on Start in the bottom left hand corner of your screen.
- Type update in the search box.
- Click on Windows Update.
- Select Check for Updates and click OK.
- If an update populates, select Install Updates.
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