So Many Windows Updates

Dear Computer Lady,

I have IE8 and my computer is set up for automatic updates. Just now it installed 13 updates, mostly for XP Security.

Why would it install 13 updates all at one time, is this unusual ?

Thanks for the great advice and newsletter, Darla


Dear Darla,

It is not unusual for Windows to install updates on a regular basis.

One of the things that I do here in my computer shop when a computer is not running as it should, is to erase the hard drive and install Windows from scratch. This does an amazing job of “fixing” many computer problems, and makes the machine run much faster. In the process of doing this, however, I also have to install all the Windows updates that were released for that computer. Installing the Windows updates is the most time consuming part of the whole procedure. Usually there are hundreds of updates, and it takes several hours to install them all.

The reason that I take the time to install all those updates is that it makes the computer more secure.

Microsoft puts a lot of time and effort into keeping their software safe and secure. Every time hackers devise a new way to get around the defenses in Windows, Microsoft goes to work to block them. Those 13 security updates were probably released to make your computer more secure.

I suggest that you keep installing those security updates, and also make sure you have a good security program running like AVG Internet security.


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    • ailurophile
    • September 25, 2010

    Microsoft issues updates on the 12th of each month. In addition, they issue “patches” to fix security issues each Tuesday. More urgent patches are issued as needed. Since there are new security threats every day, the number of fixes that Microsoft issues will vary. Since it’s been around for so long, XP has more opportunities for security threats. If your system will support it, upgrade to Vista or 7. They are inherently more secure than XP is.

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