Why Your Updates Are More Important Than Ever


Why Your Updates Are More Important Than Ever

Stories about hackers and virus attacks seem to be making the news almost every day. Many of these news stories include tips on how you can avoid becoming a victim. One common theme among these tips is making sure your Windows operating system is up to date.

Every day hackers are try out new ways to break into computers, once they find a weakness, they try and find a way to spread it. This could be through a malicious email or something that spreads without your involvement.

Updates Explained

Whenever Microsoft discovers a potential flaw, they push out a small piece of software to all Windows computers running a supported version. If set correctly, your computer will check if there is any updates or patches and install them automatically. In new versions, this usually happens when you are shutting down or starting up and does not impact your experience at all. Unfortunately, some users will manually disable or delay their updates, creating a risky situation.

The update may include security patches, drivers, or a simple tweak to address bugs or issues with Windows. Sometimes, they even include new features or applications to improve the stability of your operating system. They are a good thing!

Not All Versions Get Updates

Some older operating systems are no longer supported, which means unless there are extenuating circumstances, Microsoft will not issue any new updates. Not even one – generally, if cyber criminals discover a flaw after support ends, they are free to exploit it.  For example, Windows XP support ended in 2014, Windows Vista in April 2017 & Windows 7 in January 2020. The moment an operating system is retired it becomes a playground for cyber-criminals.

It is not just Microsoft walking away from these old versions either. Third party software like the Google Chrome browser will still work, but they have also stopped supporting old versions with crucial updates and patches. It might seem like everything is working fine because your anti-virus is not pinging an alarm, but it just becomes a case of risk, upon risk, upon risk.

What to do with older Windows

As much as you are comfortable with your older version of Windows, each time you boot up you are exposing your system, important files, and entire network. It only takes one weak entry point in the chain to allow malware into all connected devices. That could mean your photo storage, media centre or even smart appliances. It is not worth it – if you are running Windows XP, Vista or 7 (or even older), you need to update to a more modern operating system ASAP. Give us a call to upgrade your computer.


We can also monitor your system remotely and apply your Windows updates with our Managed Services packages, ensuring you are always up to date and protected. Give us a call on 01423 525277.

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