Applies to: Mostly Windows 10.

Hello, I hope this Journal Post finds you safe and well

I’ve been asked a few times in the past week about installing Windows (and other) updates during this difficult time and if they should be delayed or not.

What did Mike do?

I’ll be honest with you, as soon as I realised we were all going to be working from home for the foreseeable future the first thing I did was to pause Windows Updates across all our computers.  Why?

Because updates sometimes go wrong, or just take a really long time to install.  The last thing I wanted in the middle of all this was to have a computer out of action for half the day, or stop working completely because an update had caused a problem.

What should you do?

I paused Windows updates to make my life easier in the very short term, but I’m firmly against pausing Windows Updates in a normal situation – I think it’s a massive risk. The risk of someone using one of the security holes against your computer increases dramatically the longer you wait to install the updates.

That being said, now more than ever it’s important to keep in touch with friends and family, and if something does go wrong it’s hard to physically take your PC anywhere to get it fixed, we’ll be here on the Inner Circle to help, but very rarely it’s just not possible to fix things remotely.

I don’t really have the answer to if you should pause Windows Updates or not. I paused for a couple of weeks just to make my life easier, but I need to un-pause them very soon or my life will be much harder if one of them gets hacked because I didn’t install a security update.

What is Microsoft doing to help?

Microsoft know that sometimes adding new features causes problems. So the only new updates they’ll be releasing from the start of May are security ones. This means if you’re up to date with your Windows Updates by the end of this month, you’ll only get critical ones after that (until they start up as normal, but that date hasn’t been announced yet).

I’m happy that Microsoft is reducing the number of updates which should help things running securely without too much risk of things stopping working.

Stay safe

Mike =)