Vista Updates - are they always a good idea to download?

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Performance' started by tim, May 16, 2007.

  1. tim

    tim Guest

    Hi,

    I have been told in the past that it is not always the best idea to download
    windows updates (XP) just because they are available,as it can cause
    problems.Is that the case with Vista as well? Or are the updates actually
    fixing bugs etc and would definitely solve some problems?

    thanks
     
    tim, May 16, 2007
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  2. tim

    Conor Guest

    Depends whether you like leaving your PC wide open to exploits.
     
    Conor, May 16, 2007
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  3. I'd have to say that the same general precautions apply.

    I really don't like to see people use the Automatic Updates, unless
    they take precautions to ensure that no patches get installed without
    the user's express permission, given only after he/she has researched
    each individual patch to ensure that it applies and is necessary. Due
    to the nearly infinite number of possible combinations of hardware,
    device drivers, and applications on any given PC, it's impossible to
    guarantee that all patches will be 100% harmless. In a very small
    number of cases, patches and hotfixes can cause conflicts or other
    problems. So, as with all changes to an OS, caution is advised.

    In the overwhelming majority of cases, all "Critical" updates
    should be installed. These address serious issues that can affect a
    large number of computers. There will be only rare occasions when a
    Critical update will not apply. Of special importance are those that
    address security vulnerabilities. If people had installed the available
    critical updates to WinXP in July of 2003, the Blaster and Welchia worms
    would not have spread throughout the Internet the following month. In
    the unlikely event that problems do develop, you can always use the
    Control Panel's Add/Remove Programs applet or a System Restore Point to
    uninstall the troublesome hotfix.

    For the "Recommended" updates, simply study the information
    provided to see if these updates apply in your specific situation. If
    they don't apply, or you're not experiencing the problem(s) addressed,
    you needn't install them. For instance, I had no use for WinXP's
    MovieMaker, so I ignored any updates to it. Again, in the unlikely
    event that problems do develop, you can always use the Control Panel's
    Add/Remove Programs applet or a System Restore Point to uninstall the
    troublesome hotfix.

    In general, though, I've found it best *not* to download the
    "Driver" updates from Windows Update, unless they're for a hardware
    device originally manufactured by Microsoft. Device drivers provided
    by each component's manufacturer's web site are likely to perform
    better and offer more features than will the watered-down, "generic"
    drivers that those manufacturers provide to Microsoft for distribution
    via Windows Update.


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    Bruce Chambers, May 16, 2007
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