4 reasons why Windows updates are necessary

Shaant Minhas

Updating your software today is as ubiquitous as using some sort of tech to solve some specific problem of yours. In fact, it’s very rare to go without an update for any of your devices or apps for even a month.

Somewhere in the back of your mind, you might have all sorts of ideas about why you, too, should have regular Windows updates. Perhaps, it’s for security reasons. Or for fixing bugs, maybe. But how and why exactly, people generally don’t have any clear ideas about this.

Don’t worry, though, as we’ve rounded up all the reasons. So let’s jump in and examine why your Windows updates such a necessary part of your overall Windows experience.

1. Security

This is the most obvious one and one of the top reasons that pop up in mind when someone wonders why they should bother with Windows updated at all.

This is especially true in our information-rich, interconnected world, where cybercriminals all over the world are constantly out on the lookout for any system vulnerabilities in software. And, since Windows is the most popular operating system on the planet, it automatically becomes one of the primary targets for hackers.

So to sufficiently minimize these external threats, it’s therefore essential you have your Windows updated regularly.

2. Fix common bugs and problems

Nothing is perfect. Probably no other thing will drill this lesson into you faster than when you lose a significant amount of your work because of some technical glitch.

And glitches and random bugs have a long history with Windows. In fact, if you have been using the Windows operating system for a while now, you might have made your peace with random bugs and errors that are part of using it.

While updates are not the panacea for all your Windows errors, if you install regular patches for common fixes and bugs, then the number of errors you encounter can certainly be reduced.

So keep your Windows updated and keep the errors at bay.

3. Get new features

While Windows updates are majorly famous for fixing security and various bugs through their patches, what’s lesser known is their role in getting new features on your system.

For instance, with AI in the rage once again, Microsoft recently hinted at introducing a new smart feature for the Snap layout. While the exact details of these new updates are still unclear, what’s important is that Microsoft, like all companies, introduces various updates to their legacy software. 

So having your Windows updated makes sure you are not left behind.

4. Improve Functionality and software and hardware Compatibility

Functionality in Windows, and your computers in general, refers to the quality or state of work performed. Basically, it means how well a machine does its job. So a good, functioning PC will always be a positive for your workflow.

Regular updates will help you improve this functionality by introducing system or software enhancements, which make your PC operate faster and more efficiently.

Similarly, application developers regularly update their tools for new features and security patches, which might require specific features from your Windows. Regular software ensures that your Windows can work well with these recent changes. Unsurprisingly, many Windows updates also include hardware updates for keeping up with any changes in new computer hardware.

Keeping your Windows updates regular

That’s about it, really. Keep your Windows adapted and make it protected against ever-present security threats, random bugs, performance issues, etc., and you will have smooth sailing in using the Windows operating system.