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Windows updates - critical updates and / or recommended


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#1 Clade

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Posted 21 August 2015 - 08:35 AM

Hi everyone!
 
Windows updates are available in different categories: important, recommended and optional.
 
As noted, some of them, for reasons not known by users, have broken the OS of different users.
 
In your opinion, what is the best option of choice?
 
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Posted 21 August 2015 - 08:44 AM

Make a full system backup of your machine and then install all updates.

If an update makes your machine unbootable, you can restore your backup.


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Posted 21 August 2015 - 08:45 AM

Hi Clade :)

Personally, I would install every updates (Important, Recommended/Optional) and only leave out the driver updates. Important Updates are related to security, which means that they'll fix, patch, etc. a vulnerability or exploit in Windows or another Microsoft product and they are critical to the security of your system. Recommended/Optional updates are mostly features fix and enhancement for Windows and other Microsoft products. However, they start as updates that might not be needed for all users. If Microsoft sees that the users who installs the updates benefits a lot from it, they'll move that update in the Important category.

Driver updates aren't needed, since there's a chance that they'll fail or break the device using wrong/outdated/etc. drivers so I usually uncheck them and hide them. I always install drivers directly from the device manufacturer, and never from the Windows Update.

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Posted 22 August 2015 - 07:10 AM

Make a full system backup of your machine and then install all updates.

If an update makes your machine unbootable, you can restore your backup.

 

HI Didier Stevens! Yes, backup is the key word and do it regularly. The issue is that most users do not have the knowledge to back up

 

 

Hi Clade :)

Personally, I would install every updates (Important, Recommended/Optional) and only leave out the driver updates. Important Updates are related to security, which means that they'll fix, patch, etc. a vulnerability or exploit in Windows or another Microsoft product and they are critical to the security of your system. Recommended/Optional updates are mostly features fix and enhancement for Windows and other Microsoft products. However, they start as updates that might not be needed for all users. If Microsoft sees that the users who installs the updates benefits a lot from it, they'll move that update in the Important category.

Driver updates aren't needed, since there's a chance that they'll fail or break the device using wrong/outdated/etc. drivers so I usually uncheck them and hide them. I always install drivers directly from the device manufacturer, and never from the Windows Update.

 

Hi Aura!

 

I follow your line of thought, but the optional updates, seek more information about them and fit the equipment in use.
 
Appreciate how quickly and explanations in your posts in this forum.
 
Thank you, both, for your attention!


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Posted 22 August 2015 - 11:16 AM

No problem Clade, you're welcome :)

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Posted 23 August 2015 - 08:16 AM

HI Didier Stevens! Yes, backup is the key word and do it regularly. The issue is that most users do not have the knowledge to back up

 

 

That is why I often recommend backups on these forums. Is the best protection you can get.


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