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Is it necessary to install Windows updates? - Common Computer Questions
Question: Is it necessary to install Windows updates?
Answer: You technically don't have to install Windows updates but you should install them. Windows updates include many things such as security patches, service packs, software updates, anti malware definitions and new features. The most important updates are the security patches since they are distributed to make your computer safer and less vulnerable to outside attacks.
You can have Windows updates download and install automatically by going to the Windows Update utility in Control Panel. Or you can manually download and install them by going to the Windows Update website. Keep in mind there is a Windows Update feature which only updates Windows and a Microsoft Update feature which will update other Microsoft software. Click here for an explanation of the difference between the two.
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