Other types of updates correct errors or enhance functionality within Windows, and are not necessarily security related. They also detect which Microsoft products you are running on your computer and provide updates to these as well. These may include Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint etc) and Internet Explorer (your Microsoft browser).
Not keeping Windows up to date can result in serious issues, affecting both your computer and your own personal security. These include:
As well as resolving security issues, Windows updates frequently contain improvements to the operating system and new features.
Protecting Your Computer
To ensure that the latest Windows updates are downloaded and installed, you should check that your computer is set up as follows:
You will generally receive a notification from Microsoft in the form of an alert on your screen, that Windows updates are available. Typically, the updates will be downloaded automatically and you will be prompted to re-start your computer in order for them to be installed.
Downloading the latest Windows updates does not negate the need to be running the latest versions of antivirus, antispyware and firewall software.
Software updates are essential. Find out why and how to install correctly.
Viruses & Spyware
A basic understanding of computer viruses and spyware.
What a firewall is, and how it protects your computer.
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