Failure to update Windows, especially in the latest version of the operating system, which is more like a service than traditional software, can have serious consequences. Many users unfortunately do not update their operating system for various reasons or even prevent it from updating automatically. Here are some reasons why blocking Windows Updates can be dangerous.
The Legend of High Volume Windows 10 Updates
Failure to update Windows in order to save Internet traffic is one of the few reasons that may be unique to users. Microsoft’s goal in updating Windows 10 is to improve the performance and security of the operating system, not to consume user traffic. Overall, research has shown that the volume of monthly and daily updates of Windows 10 is less than the volume used by most users on Instagram overnight. On other hand, the average volume of consumption of users in recent years due to the use of services such as video streaming has increased significantly and the price of Internet traffic has decreased significantly. Will continue to remain in the minds of users since the time of bulky and expensive Internet. The following is a summary of the latest Windows 10 updates.
Volume of Windows 10 updates per month is about 500 MB
As shown in the above table, the latest update of Windows 10 in the latest version of this operating system is 194 MB in the highest possible case and is a very small amount for the monthly update of a large operating system. Under certain circumstances, the volume of monthly Windows updates will eventually be 500 MB. Moreover, other users may be prevented from updating Windows for fear of Windows resetting automatically after updating. To meet this concern, you can go to the Windows Update section in Windows 10 settings and go to the Change Active Hours section to specify the hours of use of the computer so that Windows does not restart during this period after updating.
Risk of Disabling Windows 10 Updates
As mentioned before, the basic nature of Windows 10 is more like a service than a traditional software. So, with each update, new features are added and the reported bugs are fixed. Microsoft partners and OEMs have been updating custom drivers through Windows since the very first day of Windows 10 to ensure that it works properly on their products, and ultimately causing irreparable damage to the device by preventing Windows updates.
Microsoft updates its Windows Defender program every day, with each of these daily updates eventually ranging from 5 to 10 MB. If you do not have access to daily updates, your computer may be exposed to security risks. As sample, after the WannaCry ransomware attack on the Windows operating system, Microsoft quickly released an update to prevent the malware from working, and unfortunately users who prevented Windows from updating in this mode failed to receive this vital security package.
Above table shows the Windows 10 update history and includes updates to the operating system itself and hardware drivers.
Set Windows Update to automatic
Although some users do not block Windows 10 updates in unusual ways, they do install updates manually. The risk of this is no less than preventing updates in unusual ways. Therefore, it is better that the Windows Update section is always in automatic mode.
Use of Delivery Optimization in Windows 10 to save volume
Windows 10 has a very useful feature called Delivery Optimization. How this feature works is that a computer receives the update and shares it between the computers on the internal network and even the Internet to speed up the download of the update. If you use multiple Windows 10 devices at home or at work and you are concerned about the traffic consumption of these devices due to updates, by activating this feature, only one of the systems will receive updates and share it with other Windows devices over the network. Follow the steps below to access this feature.
Settings -> Update & Security -> Advanced options -> Delivery Optimization
Delivery Optimization Settings
There were two main options on the Delivery Optimization page.
PCs on my local network: Allows sharing of updates between the internal network
PCs on my local network, and PCs on the Internet: Allows the user to share updates between the internal network and the Internet (the second option has a torrent-like function).
The way to reset Windows Update
Although there are several ways to prevent Windows updates, there is no one-size-fits-all solution. If the following method does not work for you, there is no other way but to reinstall Windows to solve the problem.
- Download the Windows Update Script from Microsoft website.
- After downloading, unzip the file and then run it in “Run as administrator” mode.
- After execution, press Y to confirm the continuation of the process.
- Then select the second option from the options, Resets the Windows Update Components and press Enter. Eventually, wait for the Windows Update reset to complete.
Second option: Update Reset
As previously mentioned, in situations such as the global release of ransomware, the operating system information must be updated as soon as possible in order to be safe, and the cost of losing personal information in such cases will be very high compared to the cost of Internet traffic.