Turn Off Windows Update?

June 18, 2010

There were a whole slew of Windows updates this week. It doesn’t happen very often, but Windows updates can render a system unbootable. That happened earlier this year to one of our customers, and it happened again this week to a different customer. In both cases, we were able to repair it and apply all of the updates and get their systems working again. But whenever this happens, we always get the same question.

Is there any way to turn off Windows Updates so this doesn’t happen again?

The answer is yes, but we don’t recommend it. The chances of a windows update slamming your system like that are pretty remote. Yes, it does happen, but not very often. The updates you get for Windows are mostly security updates. If you turned off Windows updates, you would eliminate the slight chance of an update messing up your computer, but you would dramatically increase the chances of your computer becoming infected.

The bottom line is, would you rather have a slight chance that an update to Windows will mess up your system, or a very good chance that your system will become infected? I choose the slight chance and I recommend you do the same.

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