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    Okay this whole windows automated update thing is getting on my nerves, it freaking annoying, i have to reboot my computer every now and then. I just want to ask, do yo have to windows update? can i just not do it? will it cause serious threat on my laptop?

    any feedback appreciated.


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    With Windows Update disabled your computer may get a computer virus (with all possible consequences of that) without your interaction (opening infected files or launching programs) if it is connected to the Internet and/or untrusted network.

    Disable Windows Update only if your PC is not connected to any networks or it is connected to a very trusted network (internal network with very skilled or right-limited users).

    Admit that you have to maintain your Windows PC from time to time, like cleaning garbage with CCleaner like program, defragment HDD and so on. Microsoft usually releases updates once a month on patch Tuesday (2nd Tuesday of a month). Install updates on the nearest Friday or so.


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    (please undersatnd me, i am a noob when it comes to computer IT related things though i know abit on programming).

    Okay, so thanks for the feedback, okay so its in threat of external programs but we have antivrial or malware spyware programs to deal with that sort of stuff right??
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    Not Necessarily.

    It is best to have windows update to secure the operation system in addition to firewalls and antivirus. The more layers of protection you have, the safer you are.

    You have an option to select notification rather that automatic installation if you want to decide when to install and reboot the system.

    But I wouldn't wait too long once you are notified.
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    Windows 8 is in the works, so MS is going to be sure to release lots of "fixes" to their current OS'es to make sure they secure sales for Windows 8

    Anyone ever wonder why old versions of windows start to suck all of a sudden...hmmm.
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    On both Windows XP and 7 you can review all of the updates before installing. Update client shows a short tip on what an update does.

    Most updates are addressed to vulnerabilities that allow "(un)authenticated local/remote attacker compromise your system and take full/partial control over it".

    I get updates for Office, Visual Studio, IE and so on via Windows Update too.

    Some updates are related to other issues like time zone changes (this may be important for you if you have to sync your files with remote server). Other updates bring new features. One of the updates provides support for exFAT on Windows XP.

    If you don't like Windows way, try Linux. On Linux all of your programs are updated automatically via package manager.
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    i dont really mind updating, it just nooying but, everytime i check the update menu there is always something to update. At that rate i am worried my hard disk will be FULL. I mean the memory of those updates are like 250mb, 140MB etc... how am i supposed to keep up with all this memory?
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    everytime i check the update menu there is always something to update
    If so, there's something wrong with your PC. Try to install everything and then relax for about a month. If some of the updates are omitted don't reactivate them.



    At that rate i am worried my hard disk will be FULL. I mean the memory of those updates are like 250mb, 140MB etc... how am i supposed to keep up with all this memory?
    Some programs like CCleaner mentioned above allow you to get rid of junk you have in your system. (In CCleaner this option is called "Hotfix Uninstallers"). There are some concerns about this option, but it works fine for me.
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    thanks for the reply. Ok..

    last question. How do i reupdate cancelled updates, like for exmple if i go to my update history it says success......then for some it says failure or cancelled. I want reupdate the ones that hasnt been successful, but how?
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    Usually if you check for Windows Updates, it will analyze your system and then tell you what you don't have. You then have the option of updating any or all of them.
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    Normally Windows Update will automatically reboot the system when you have your system configured to "Automatically download recommended updates for my computer and install them" and one or more of those updates requires a reboot. This settings changes the behavior so when users are logged in the system will not automatically reboot.
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