Does this screen haunt you like it haunts me when I’m ready to get on with my work day?…

…You turn your laptop or desktop on and BAM!

I never held much regard for Windows updates until Windows 10 entered my life. You see, I avoided updates for years with previous versions of Windows.

Because of that I fought tooth and nail to disable them in Windows 10!

But here’s the kicker – looking back now I could have prevented hours of head banging.

So today I’ll share with you the answer to the burning question so many Windows users have:

“Are Windows updates necessary?”

What Do Windows Updates Do For Us?

Updates do a variety of cool things. They exist with the intention of keeping users safe and happy!

Here is a list of roles that Windows updates play:

1. Security enforcer

Probably the most important role of them all which is why it is number one on my list!

Windows updates contain vital security patches. Folks…. hackers work around the clock to exploit weaknesses. Windows is the most popular operating system and so hackers give extra special love to Windows vulnerabilities. To counter that Microsoft works around the clock to plug those holes so that unfortunate situations can be prevented!

2. Bug eliminator

Windows is a truly flexible and infinitely versatile operating system. It supports almost endless different types of devices, drivers, builds, components and programs. This doesn’t come without its problems!

Because of this impressive reputation they have to be on the ball with releasing bug fixes.

Let me explain.

The more devices and programs that co-exist the more opportunity for problems arise.

One example of such a bug is the WIFI bug. This bug causes the WIFI connection on some laptops or computers to drop for no clear reason. Fun stuff! (I experienced this myself and that party was LIT).

Luckily one of the patches fixed it. But I was still anti-updates back then so I suffered for longer than what was necessary. (Allow me a few minutes to kick myself.)

‘Bug fixes/patches’ is just another term for ‘update’.

3. Driver updater

I’m sure you’ve heard of a thing called a driver. It’s one of those words geeks like to throw at computer noobs. You know, when they innocently ask for help with their misbehaving computers…

“Have you updated your drivers?”

Although not perfect, Windows also keeps our PC’s drivers up to date.
You might be wondering: “What the heck is a driver?”

A driver is a small program that helps devices and components communicate with the operating system. In turn, it allows us as users to use those devices.

For example, let’s look at a basic thing such as a mouse. Without a driver Windows wouldn’t know what to do with the mouse. It wouldn’t understand clicks or scrolling! And so we would click away to our heart’s content but the mouse would do absolutely nothing.

Now the smart companies who created the mouse also update its drivers from time to time. This helps to make sure everything works properly.

If there are known issues, they will release fixes within the new driver version to address them. Sometimes they even give access to new features. New features open up new ways for us to use our devices.

So with Windows keeping our drivers up to date it eliminates the hard work for us. It keeps our computers running smoothly without effort on our part.

Doing it manually for each component on a regular basis takes a lot of effort and leaves a lot of room for error.

4. Santa Claus

Not the most important but definitely the coolest is the role of Santa. Now I know you’re wondering if I’ve lost my mind… Allow me to defend myself. 😛

Updates are also the way Microsoft gives us the gift of new features! When I see a feature update it feels like Christmas to me, lol!

An example of such a feature is Dark Mode for Microsoft apps. It gives us the ability to change Microsoft app backgrounds to dark mode. Dark Mode is a lot easier on the eyes – especially when looking at a screen at night in a dark or in a dimly lit room.

Another example is the addition of Paint 3D which is very fun to use and play around with if you’re a creative person.

Helpful Tips To Avoid Windows Update Frustration

  1. Let Windows update overnight. This way you don’t have to wait for it to finish at awkward times when you really need to use your computer.
  2. If you are using a capped network with data limitations, set your connection as “metered”. This will prevent Windows from updating while on that network. Updates can be very large which will consume a lot of data.
  3. Make sure that your laptop is plugged in to a power outlet. If you have a desktop make sure the power source stays uninterrupted during updates. If the power to your computer is suddenly cut during an update it can cause major issues! For example like not being able to load and log into Windows.
  4. Have a solid back up procedure in place and do your backups regularly! At least then if something goes wrong, you’ll still have all your documents and files.

Here is a noob’s guide on how to back up your computer!

Enabling/Disabling Windows Updates

Microsoft has stopped rolling out updates for Windows XP, Vista, 7 and 8. This also means they no longer provide support for those operating systems.

If you run any of these versions of Windows it is a good idea to make sure they are fully updated.

Updates are set to download automatically by default. So, unless you turned it off it should be enabled.

On Windows 10 updates are pretty much forced on users and it is a whole different ball game to disable them. It is darn near impossible to do without poking around. By that I mean poking around in places that newbies probably shouldn’t be poking around in.
The way I do it is the least invasive and is just a case of setting all my connections as “metered”.

That way Windows knows not to download updates when I’m connected to the networks I’ve set that on.

Now you might be wondering why I say it’s impossible then.

Here’s why.

Metered connections are not the same as the simple and permanent “off” setting.

You will have to set each connection to metered and then remember to set any new ones thereafter to metered.

This method requires you to keep your wits about you if you don’t want to be caught off guard.

When you are ready for the updates you will then need to go and undo the setting.

To set your connections as metered on Windows 10:

  • Click on the Start button
  • Click on the Settings button (represented by the cog symbol)
  • Click on Network & Internet
  • Click on Wifi and then Manage Known Networks
  • Click on the WiFi network that you want to disable receiving updates through
  • Click on Properties
  • Under Set as metered connection turn the switch to On


If you never want to download updates (not recommended) then do this for each WiFi network

  • Click the back arrow in the top left hand corner to access the other networks
  • If you use a cable to connect to the internet then follow these steps but instead of choosing WiFi choose Ethernet

So Are Windows Updates Necessary? Here’s My Take On It

Updates are generally thought of as good thing.
Think about Android smartphones and Apple devices… Usually people get all excited when an update becomes available for their devices. The opposite is true when updates stop being rolled out. To users it is a sign that the device is “obsolete” and no longer supported and is not received well.

This is because keeping our devices’ operating systems up to date ensures that bugs are taken care of. It also ensures that we are able to install the latest apps if we so wish. And it also lets us experience cool new features for our devices. No more updates means we will soon have to buy a whole new device!

It’s interesting to see how the majority is pro-updates when it comes to things other than Windows.

There are two reasons which made me feel lots of dread towards updates and they are:

  • The time it took to complete an update. Sometimes it took forever to get an update installed!
  • The “blue screen of death” sometimes would make an unwelcome appearance!

I can say those fears are a thing of the past now because I haven’t had those experiences with Windows 10.

Now I realize that some folks do experience these issues still and if you are one of them, I feel your pain!

There are reports that Windows 10 will be “the last Windows OS”. This means the updates will keep the OS relevant “with the times” as they say.

Bottom line: Windows 10 updates are vital and most definitely necessary.

We can surely avoid them. Our computers will still work if we do. But for our own safety and for the sake of user experience it is not recommended to avoid updates.

And now we get to my favorite part – hearing your thoughts and answering your questions! Please go ahead and leave me some love down below!

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8 Comments

  1. jagi

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    I usually update Windows at night as well. Seriously they can really interrupt a really productive workday when the screen starts to flash update your Windows to the latest update. Thanks for a great informative article explaining on why it’s important to update Windows. I have a couple of children who have their own laptops who forget to update and then wonder why they have issues with their windows or their computer. I’m going to copy this article to each of them to make sure that they stay updated.

    • Nadia

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      Hey there Jagi, thank you for visiting and for sharing your thoughts! I feel your frustration, when it happens I sometimes wonder if the universe is doing it on purpose for the sake of a nice laugh lol. 

      I do hope those updates help to sort out the issues on their computer like it helped with mine 🙂

  2. Luke

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    Hello!

    Good article! You wrote the content about things on our computers which is something very common, but I think many times we are just in a time rush, so we don`t think much about it. This article offered to us very helpful informations about getting windows update, what things are going on there.

    Thank you for sharing information about this topic and keep up the good work!

    • Nadia

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      Hey there Luke, thank you for leaving some love! I’m also one of those folks who’s always in a rush. The other thing about delaying Windows updates is that when I eventually do get around to them, it takes even longer because it has to catch up all the ones I avoided lol! 🙂

  3. Nuttanee

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    I have always been Apple person, but when I go to work, they always provide me PCs everywhere I work. You know that saying that the more that you are trying to escape something it comes right back and haunts you. I know that screen very well, I always hit later but eventually you have to update it and it takes hours arrghhhh. Thanks for the tips , I will go on the settings like you suggested and will do the updates when I leave home for the day. Thanks for an awesome PC hacks. Cheers!

    • Nadia

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      Hey there Nuttanee, it’s an absolute pleasure! I sympathize with the Windows PC hauntings lol. 🙂

  4. Holly

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    I have been guilty of ignoring updates or putting them off. I’ve only recently realized how critical they are and that you shouldn’t procrastinate on installing them. Especially if the update involves anything to do with security, you can’t be more diligent about that in this day and age. I usually plan to do them at the end of my day or before a break (like I might set my work computer to update right before lunch, and my home computer right before bed). But it’s definitely not good to put the updates off for days, weeks, or even months anymore.

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