Apart from patching security problems, installing Microsoft Windows updates can make your computer more stable, fix problems with existing Windows features and software or even introduce new features.
With Windows XP and Windows 2000, Microsoft made a real effort to streamline the update process.
If you have enabled automatic updates on your computer, then Windows will download and install the latest critical updates automatically, as soon as they become available.
These changes have persisted through Windows Vista and Windows 7 to Windows 8, where the updating process has been streamlined even further.
If you are on a corporate network, contact your administrator if you are concerned about updating your computer.
In most cases, automatic updates and the latest drivers are available online.There are some disadvantages to automatic updating however and some computer experts even go as far as suggesting that automatic updates should be turned off. There are a number of advantages to turning off automatic updates, such as:- The Windows Genuine Advantage ‘update’ shown in action here collects information from your PC in an attempt to combat piracy.Some users are angry at such intrusive efforts to thwart piracy and have therefore disabled automatic updates.Windows Genuine Advantage Validation Tool 374 KB, less than 1 minute The Windows Genuine Advantage Validation Tool enables you to verify that your copy of Microsoft Windows is genuine.The tool validates your Windows installation by checking Windows Product Identification and Product Activation status.