Articles in Category: Windows Update

How Do I Know What Updates to Install?

Unless you have a specific reason not to, the best approach to taking updates is to take them all. I’ll review why, and how to protect yourself in case something goes wrong.

Why is Windows Complaining About Unsupported Hardware?

Unsupported hardware because the CPU is too new? It’s a scenario some users of older Windows versions can experience. There are a couple of solutions.

How Do I Fix Windows Update?

Windows Update can get confused or stuck. I’ll review ways to fix Windows Update, including what I refer to as the “nuclear option”.

Should I Install the Latest Windows 10 Update?

My take on the latest Windows update and your options therein.

How Do I Clean Up After Windows Update Breaks Other Applications?

Software rot can result in odd behavior, including a Windows update causing other software to fail. Here’s one approach to try to get things working again.

Do All These Software Updates Take Up More and More Disk Space?

Staying up to date is an important part of staying safe. Sometimes that means disk space is slowly used for more and more updates — and sometimes not.

Why Do Windows Updates Mess Up My Computer?

We hear of Windows Update messing up computers. I’ll look through one scenario and offer some advice and a reminder: it’s not your fault.

How Do I Clean Up After Windows Update?

What Windows Update leaves behind isn’t trash at all, but rather files with a specific purpose.

How Do I Get the Windows 10 Creators Update 1709 to Install?

Every Windows 10 update should just work. Unfortunately, for some, they just don’t.

How Do I Disable Windows Updates in Windows 10 Home?

Windows 10 Home edition gives you little control of Windows Update. I do have a fairly large hammer you can use.

Will Microsoft Stop Forcing Windows 10 Updates?

While it is frustrating, Microsoft doesn’t give us as much control over Windows 10 updates as we might like.

Get the Windows 10 Creators Update Now, If You Like

If you’re eager to get the newly released Windows 10 Creators Update, I’ll show you how.

Are Automatic Updates a Good Thing?

Unless you’re willing to pay a lot of attention on a very regular basis, automatic updates are an important part of keeping your machine safe.

How Do I Keep Windows Update from Rebooting While I Use My Computer?

You can keep Windows Update from rebooting for certain key hours of the day, within limits… and as long as you’re not a work-a-holic.

I Got Burned by Windows Update. Should I Just Avoid It?

After a bad experience with Windows Update, it’s tempting to bail on the idea completely. Unfortunately, that can leave your machine vulnerable to malware.

How do I Make Sure Windows is Up to Date?

Windows will generally keep itself as up to date as possible, often whether or not you want it to. I’ll discuss why you want it to, and what options you still have.

Do I Need Everything Installed by Microsoft Update?

Microsoft Update works hard to make sure your system is up to date and safe – especially safe. It’s generally not a good idea to second guess it.

How Do I Get the Required Windows 8.1 Update?

I received a question that pointed me to an article on a reputable mainstream press site discussing the Windows 8.1 Update that Microsoft recently rolled out. The update will become the new baseline for Windows 8 and within a month or so, it’ll be required in order to receive continued updates. Their article’s  headline compared getting the … Read more

Can I Delete Old Updates?

It all really boils down to how updates are applied. Some you can delete, others you should not. I’ll review the different types.

Is there Software that Will Allow Me to Keep All the Software on My Machine Up to Date?

It’s important to keep software up to date, and there are several ways to do it. But when it comes to drivers… be careful!

What is InstallShield and Do I Need its Update Service?

InstallShield is a component to help keep your computer up to date. We’ll walk through how it ended up on your computer and how you can manage it.

Managing Windows Update

Windows Update is a silent and key workhorse in keeping your machine safe and secure from the latest threats and bugs. It’s a good idea to check in on Windows Update once in a while to make sure things are as they should be, and operating according to your wishes.

Are Updates Free?

It’s important to develop a sense of what to expect so you recognize legitimate update messages.