Windows 10 is the final version of Windows. There won’t be a Windows 11, 12, etc. However, that doesn’t mean that the Windows 10 you have now won’t change or improve. Because Windows 10 has become a service, it will be updated over time to bring new features and remove the old ones. The Windows 10 you have now will continually change multiple times throughout the year.
There are two types of Microsoft updates: feature updates and quality updates:
• Feature updates add new features and functionality and are generally released twice a year – once in the spring and once in the fall.
• Quality updates provide security and reliability fixes and are released monthly – typically on what is known as Patch Tuesday, the second Tuesday of every month.
With each update, Microsoft patches known security vulnerabilities. If you don’t update, then you are leaving yourself open to nefarious individuals who may exploit the flaws and access your PC and your data. Keeping current with Windows updates is one of the most effective ways of protecting yourself. And if you think installing Windows updates is a pain, it is certainly less painful than getting infected with malware or getting hacked.
How to check for updates:
Windows 10 automatically downloads and installs updates to keep your PC secure and updated, but you can manually check for updates too.
Open Settings, click Update & security. You should be staring at the Windows Update page (if not, click Windows Update from the left panel). If an update is not already waiting to be installed, click the Check for updates button to check for yourself.
Updates aren’t painless
With all that said, you may have noticed that Windows updates can cause problems. Aside from the inconvenience of learning new features or trying to find where something got moved to, Windows updates can break a smoothly operating computer. And a good argument can be made for delaying an update for a few days or weeks to make sure Microsoft is able to iron out all the kinks.
If your computer has suddenly stopped working properly, there’s a good possibility that Windows updates are the culprit. If you need help fixing a Windows update problem, don’t hesitate to contact us. We can help!