Quick Tech Tips – Update your computer
Why is Microsoft asking to update my computer so often?
Updates are an important part of maintaining any computer system. I have been working in Technical Support for several years now. One issue that continues to come up are computer updates. In my experience about 50% of issues are solved with updating and restarting the computer. If a program was working Friday but not Monday, try doing updates and a reboot. You’ll be surprised how often it works.
Software developers are always fixing bugs or patching security issues. Microsoft has to also make sure they are providing a stable platform and fixing security problems also. These days there are many people who aim to find security problems and exploit them for their own gain. Below is a list from CNN of a few major hacks from 2017 where software fixes were needed.
- WannaCry Virus
- Bad Rabbit Virus
- Equifax Security breach
It can be a pain to do updates constantly but it would be far worse to be a victim of such attacks. Microsoft has teams of people dedicated to making your computer as secure as they can make it. What I do for my clients is put all their computers on an automated schedule so that once a week each computer backs up, does it’s updates and then reboots. This is usually done late at night during a weekend. Once this process is in place they don’t really notice it anymore and they are all the happier for it.