Microsoft rolls out Windows 10 Updates regularly. It can be security updates, a significant upgrade or cumulative updates. Given the problems that Windows 10 updates cause – some people have this lingering question in their minds – Should you install Windows 10 Updates? Well nobody can be blamed. Microsoft has failed terribly on many of the Windows Updates that have been rolled out in the recent past.
Should you install Windows 10 Updates
To all those who have asked us questions like are Windows 10 updates safe, are Windows 10 updates essential, the short answer is YES they are crucial, and most of the time they are safe. These updates not only fix bugs but also bring new features, and sure your computer is secure. Every feature update and regular cumulative updates roll out security which should not be ignored.
However, keeping in mind the past few experiences, one can choose to do things differently.
Pause, Defer or Delay Updates
Windows 10 offers an inbuilt feature to delay the updates. Go to Settings > Updated and Security > Update > Advanced Options. Here you have three options:
- Pause Windows Updates for thirty-five days. It can stop all kind of updates and can be enabled again once you install the updates.
- Delay or Defer Updates
- You can delay feature updates for up to 365 days on Windows 10 Pro, Windows 10 Enterprise, and Windows 10 Education.
- You can even also delay quality updates for up to 30 days which contain security improvements.
Look for Feedback on Forums for latest updates
Once you have set that, you are safe in case the update could make the existing system unstable. It is best to check for issues which get posted in forums. Microsoft forums are filled with issues for any feature update which gives you a very good idea about the stability of new update. Here are a few types of reports you should focus on:
- Driver compatibility – Find out which drivers you have on your computer.
- Unsupported devices – Sometimes Microsoft blocks update for some devices.
Never manually check for Updates
In a surprising report, Microsoft seems to roll out beta updates for Windows 10 Users if they use the get Update button, i.e., by checking for Updates manually.
It’s always a good idea to update your Windows 10 after a couple of months. Microsoft usually fixes major bugs within a month or so. So keep an eye on forums, and Microsoft blogs for such update, and then install it.