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What Windows updates should I install, or which ones do you install?

Asked by Ame_Evil (3041points) August 23rd, 2010

I am asking this question as I just restored my laptop to factory settings and am now faced with 108 Vista windows updates to install. I usually find in the past that after installing the updates my machine gets a bit sluggish. I just wanted to know what people do if they try to avoid slowing down their machine too much. Do you ignore updates, or install only a few? I usually just ignore the IE updates (as I don’t use it) and go for the rest.

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Austinlad's avatar

Usually, I install all of them, but when there are as many as 108, I’d suggest you install the ones marked urgent, and then cherrypick the rest. You can get a full explanation of each file either on the MS site or the Update Manager (I think).

Austinlad's avatar

You might also consider upgrading to 7 if your machine can handle it. A far better version.

jerv's avatar

I concur; there is no reason to stick with Vista. And the hardware requirements are practically the same, so if you can run Vista, you can run 7. Hell, netbooks cannot run Vista and yet can still run 7!

Still, if you insist on staying with Vista for whatever reason, I would start by making sure you have the latest Service Pack (SP2) before you do any updates. If you don’t then you should download/install it. That right there will cut down on the number of updates you need as some may be redundant. (It shouldn’t work that way, but reality is not ideal.)

Personally, I do all updates except those that are specific to MS Office, or Outlook. While I don’t actively use IE, I find it handy to keep that up-to-date just in case I run into someplace that absolutely requires it… like the MS update site.

LocoLuke's avatar

hey @jerv, i’d no idea that you’d joined the 10k club. congrats. looks like it was a bit back also >.<

Do as jerv said – SP2 should cut down on the number of updates you have to install.
security updates are the most important, but program-specific updates can probably wait.
that sure is a large number of updates…

Also, take a look at this

elhaha1001's avatar

I usually just install all.. but 108 updates is quite a lot
Do you rarely update your windows?
Maybe your computer gets sluggish because the memory is a bit low.
Chosing which is essential is best

jerv's avatar

@elhaha1001 That is a lot of updates for a system that has been up and running for a while, but not for a system that was recently restored with an OS install cd that is more than a few months old.
The last time re-I installed WinXP from my pre-SP1 install disc, it had a few more updates than that; a lot changed in the many years between that CD being burned (2002) and that reinstall (2009). I cut the number of updates required considerably with my CD backup copy of SP2, but there were still a few dozen remaining.

Ame_Evil's avatar

Thanks guys, I installed SP1 and SP2. Impossible to tell if it runs faster, and now that I have a proper PC it just seems epic slow anyways :D

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