Windows Recommended Updates and Your Computer

Posted by Justin Gaudet on February 4, 2016 in Technology

Windows Automatic Update

Microsoft has recently made Windows 10 a recommended update for all computers with Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. What does this mean? Well, it means if you don’t already have Windows 10, and your automatic updates are on, then your computer will prompt you to update its operating system. Microsoft automatic updates are enabled on most computers because of security updates and minor software upgrades that are released by Microsoft. Windows 10 is free for users until July of this year and Microsoft is attempting to get as many users on this new operating system as possible.

Are automatic updates harmful? No, essentially automatic updates are set to enabled when you get the computer are so that you don’t have to worry about trying to find out when your computer needs to be updated. Trying to find out when these updates are released can be a hassle so having the automatic updates on make life just a little bit easier.

Do you have to update? No, many people choose not to. Updating or not, your computer will still perform as it has and Microsoft will not stop supporting your version of Microsoft for many years. Microsoft will prompt you to update to Windows 10, if you do not want to do it at this time, exit out of the “Upgrade to Windows 10” pop-up. It may seem like you have to download it, but just simply exit out with the “X” in the top right corner.

How do I stop this update before it happens? Go to “Control Panel” and search for “Windows Updates” in the top right hand corner. Click the first item that appears. In the drop down menu under “Important Updates” click “Check for updates but let me choose whether to download and install them”. Then un-check “Recommended updates”. Your page should look like this:

Windows 10

Once you have done this, you will always be asked about updates and have the ability to say no to these Windows 10 updates.

Windows 10 already automatically updated, what do I do now? Well if you don’t like it, and it has only downloaded within the last 31 days, you can go back to Windows 7 or 8.1. Simply: go to “Settings” and click “Updates & Security”. Next find “Recover” and under “Go back to an earlier build” click “Get Started”. Voilà! You’re on your way back to your previous software.

Just remember not all medical transcription service organizations are accepting computers that have Windows 10. It is much harder to go back from Windows 10 then it is to update to it so to be safe you may want to wait until Windows 10 has been proven safe a secure.