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Have you ever thought to yourself: Are Windows updates really necessary? If you have, you are certainly not alone! Applying Windows updates even if you are using Windows 11 on a relatively new system with virus protection in place is certainly not something Dealers (or even home users) look forward to, but they are necessary and extremely important in the times we live in. Even though there have been instances where Windows updates have needed to be un-installed due to bugs or imperfections being discovered after their release, they are still an important element of protection to your Windows system, and far out-weigh the frustration of the occasional rollback. Most updates each month include security updates. Security issues within both Windows 10 and 11 are the worst possible type, as they are often exploited by malware or hackers. These types of issues are regularly identified in various parts of Windows. Updates also address other bugs and issues in Windows which can affect system performance and speed. Even though these bugs are not responsible for security vulnerabilities, they still impact the stability of Windows. Last, but not least, Windows updates sometimes come with new features, while patching some known issues. The code that makes up the Windows operating system contains security loop holes, errors, incompatibilities, or outdated software elements. In short, Windows isn’t perfect, we all know that! The latest Windows security patches fix the vulnerabilities and errors in Windows and associated software, and they occasionally add new features. This essentially summarizes why you should regularly run a Windows Update. Security issues are regularly identified in various parts of the Windows operating system, and software used on your systems. Even if you do not run the respective software, it is a risk not to patch it, simply because it is installed on your system. Note that these updates are required, even if you are running anti-malware or anti-virus software, as that software may not sufficiently protect you from Windows security issues. CONSEQUENCES OF NOT INSTALLING UPDATES WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE Potential consequences of not installing security updates are damaged software, loss of data, or more commonly of late identity theft. Every year, malware causes damage of millions of dollars worldwide. The main reason is that users don’t install critical software or operating system updates, allowing malware to exploit loopholes that exist in every software ever developed. Vulnerabilities can potentially be exploited within hours of them becoming publicly known. So once a security update is available, you should plan to install the fix to protect your system from malware attacks. The easiest method of staying abreast with the rollout of Windows updates is to regularly re-start your systems, ensuring that you choose the option ‘Update and restart’. Upon rebooting the system and coming back into your Windows desktop, the system will then see if other updates are available automatically. The process will take all of a few minutes, and the protection provided by the small time outlay is nothing compared to the time needed to rebuild and reconfigure a system if you aren't fully protected. Why not do it tonight before you head to the door? The importance of Windows updates COMPUTER GURU