By Joshua Bagwell

Windows Update is the service Microsoft provides within the Windows Operating System to automatically download and install security patches and system fixes.  It is not without occasional malfunctions of its own. Problems with getting certain updates to install or the service to work smoothly is not limited to Windows 10, as Windows Update has been around for years through many versions of the Operating System.  There are many reasons that Windows Updates fail to install — from time and date being off to conflicts with other software installed on your PC. Sometimes the PC isn’t configured to download and install updates automatically.

Unlike previous versions, Windows 10 will automatically install driver updates (which cannot be turned off) that can cause issues that can lead to crashes, lockups and Blue Screens. If Windows is configured to automatically install updates (which by default it is), you won’t know until it’s too late.  Therefore, we recommend having your Windows and other updates managed for your business.  Then you only get the updates that you need and not the ones that are going to shut you down for hours or days, possibly causing data loss and costing hundreds of dollars in labor to find out which update is causing the issue(s) and uninstalling it.

The software that we use to manage updates, takes an inventory of the system and applies only updates that are needed for that specific system, so you’re not getting updates you don’t need and may cause conflicts. It also allows the updates to be tested before they are pushed out, decreasing the chance of problems once they are installed. With this method, you are getting the needed updates, but Windows isn’t deciding what updates should be installed with such a wide brush.