Are all Windows 7 updates important and do they slow down the computer?
Question by Erlis Dhima /

After checking all my Windows updates, I was thinking: Are all the updates important? I have about 190 installed updates! About 85 updates are only security updates for Microsoft Windows.

I was also thinking if an update is installed for a certain program, and than later there is another update, is still important the previous update? Or it just slows down the computer?

Does uninstalling all the updates, cleaning the registry, temp files and so on, and than installing again all the updates again, speed a little the computer?

P.S. I’m also interested in any kind of suggestion regarding the updates and how they affect the Windows speed & performance!

Browse other questions & answers in the category ; tagged , , , ; or ask your own question.

Comments for this Question are closed.

If you are looking for help, please ask a new question.

We will be happy to help you!

Answers (17)
  • Anonymous

    Not important and they slow down the computer/laptop and YouTube

  • Douglas Mutay

    My advice is: never miss an update especially if the system mark it as important. you have nothing to loose. Don’t even bother about disk space because installing system update is just like installing your OS…

  • Tebawiha Lelhchhun

    Basically, no.It depends on the user.

  • dhanunjayarao chunduri

    No.
    All updates that are considered important are those that are marked to be installed by default. Updates considered optional are obviously listed under optional updates.

  • Yang Yang Li

    Windows Updates are… a waste of time and bandwidth. I built my own computer and installed an OEM copy of Windows 7 with SP1 (price gouged!). From the very beginning, Windows Update ceased to function altogether. For the past two years, I have received no system or security updates for Windows. My computer has not disintegrated or even ceased to work since then. I am in fact typing this on it right now. So in my experience, Windows Updates are not as important as people make them out to be.

    Source: <==This Dude.

  • Dimal Chandrasiri

    depends on the update it self! if it’s a security update, then it would be good idea to have them installed! but other than that, nothing to worry about windows updates!

  • Ryan Dube

    Updates are very important – at least the critical updates are. They keep your computer patched from the latest virus threats and vulnerabilities the moment that Microsoft and the security community knows about it. You get your updates the same time major corporations do – so keep them enabled.

    This is a good explanation as to why they are important: http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/3-reasons-running-latest-windows-security-patches-updates/

    Again, that goes for critical updates. The problem I’ve always had with Microsoft updates is the packaging of other “nice-haves” into the update process, like the latest version of IE or other Microsoft product updates that I may not actually want.

    The good thing is that you can customize your windows update process to only install those critical updates, but allow you to decide whether you want to install the “nice-to-have” ones later.

    Lots of great answers to this same question back in 2011 as well – some great reading if you’re interested:
    http://www.makeuseof.com/answers/windows-updates/

  • Rakesh Mishra

    they are important and slows down the computer but u can download the required updates only from the list

  • Boni Oloff

    Updates is important. What ever it is, try to install them.

  • Jim Chambers

    Yes! All updates are important as they plug security holes and fix bugs in Windows. Some may slow down your computer because of the added overhead to keep your data and personal info safe. You should also set Windows Update to Update other Microsoft software such as Office etc. Other apps may have a Check for Updates item in Help drop down menu. People that say updates are not important are wrong. This is how viruses, trojans, worms etc. spread when unsecure computer is infected and then unsuspecting friends receive malware thru e-mail chat client etc..

Load 10 more