Updates are an important resource for a safer and more efficient operating system and software installed on a computer. On most computers, updates occur in the background and they can use their computer with little or no effect to normal operations. However, some users, report a frustrating slowing of their systems when the updates are installing.
Some people who experience this slowing and its resulting interference with whatever they may be doing with their computers at the time the installation takes place. Of particular concern are the reports that updates of some software updates have caused terminal errors on a computer necessitating a complete system re install.
The decision to allow automatic updates is a personal one. Some updates, such as Internet Explorer Browser updates fixe “fix” bugs in the browsers security and therefore provide safer web searching. Other updates however are not necessarily essential.
The computer owner can specify which updates they wish to receive automatically and which updates they wish to manually request and install. The requests for automatic updates are a default setting in the installation process of the operating software. Installation can occur with the update manually disabled by following the directions on the installation wizard.
Updates can also be manually selected accessing performance and maintenance option in the computers control panel. A third method is to access the Properties menu in the “my computer” folder in the start menu.
Most computer operators would agree that combinations of automatic and manual updates are the best option to reduce the number of non-essential installations occurring without the knowledge of the operator. The effect on normal operation is also reduced by the fewer downloads occurring at inconvenient times.