Windows Updates is a service provided by Microsoft that provides updates for the Microsoft Windows operating systems and its installed components such as Internet Explorer
Security updates often called critical updates, eliminate vulnerability to known malware and security exploits. Other updates correct errors and enhance functionality.
Security updates are routinely provided on the second Tuesday of each month “Patch Tuesday” but can also be released whenever a new update is required to prevent a newly discovered or prevalent exploit targeting Windows users.
Windows Update can be configured to install critical updates automatically so long as the computer is connected to the Internet, without the user needing to install them manually, or even be aware that an update is required however this is not a recommended function because some updates are not compatible with certain software applications and/or are often flawed and require subsequent patches to fully correct the issue.
View our how-to guide to turn off auto updates below: