Windows Update, Microsoft Update, Driver Updates: Why They Are Important

Posted on June 28, 2010. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Keeping your system up to date is the best way to ensure you won’t have security problems.  It is easy for large software programs to have errors. Hackers look for these errors in order to exploit them. As mistakes are uncovered developers  issue a fix, releasesd as an update.

In the Control Panel you will find- Windows Updates.  You can specify if you want to automatically download updates (recommended), be notified when updates are available (but not automatically install them), or turn off the feature. You can also be reminded of updates you turned down initially. Make sure all scheduled maintenance is performed and operating system updates and service packs are installed.

All applications (software programs) should be kept to the most current level.  You are safer from hackers exploiting your email, word processing software, or other programs if you are proactive about downloading the latest update for that product.  

Also, apply all patches for your operating system and your applications to keep your system current and to close weaknesses. Network devices should also be updated.

Within Windows Update you will see the option to connect with Microsoft Update. Window’s Update and Microsoft Update are the same, except if you use Microsoft Update it will also include updates to other Microsoft products installed on your system, such as Microsoft Office.  So Microsoft Update includes Windows Update plus more.

Updating the drivers for your software is also important. To do this type Device Manager in the Run box. Double click on a device. Choose the driver tab and click Update Driver. Then search for it on the Internet. If there is one you can download it, but it might tell you that the driver is the most current one. If the new driver gives you trouble you can return here to roll back the driver to the older one.

Whenever you install a new device you should always go to the manufacturers website to see if a newer driver is available.  Then check periodically that your driver is the latest one. Your old driver may work ok, but the newer one will be bug-free and have all of the latest features for your device.

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