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    Does anyone know of a list of Windows Updates/Patches? Which ones should I avoid? Which ones definitely need to be installed?

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    Welcome to Woody's Lounge.

    You'll need to tell us a bit more about your system for us to answer intelligently. Did your system come with any service packs installed ?? What version of Vista are you running and is it 32 or 64 bit ??
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    [quote name='Cheryl' post='782782' date='02-Jul-2009 20:27']Does anyone know of a list of Windows Updates/Patches? Which ones should I avoid? Which ones definitely need to be installed?[/quote]
    1. Does anyone know of a list of Windows Updates/Patches?

    For your OS? That would be the list you find when you use Windows Update.

    2. Which ones should I avoid?

    Difficult question to answer. Some people have very specific reasons to avoid a single update; either for a short time to test it or wait for others to test it or for a longer time due to other solutions, that reason doesn't necessarily hold for everyone. Many people, but not all, wait a day or two before installing the latest batch of updates.

    Woody Leonhard often mentions updates that he thinks should be avoided for some time; see http://www.askwoody.com/

    3. Which ones definitely need to be installed?

    Answer on question 1 minus answer on question 2 = definitely need to be installed.

    In general; important updates (compared to recommended and optional), that is, security related. And for security related, obviously, those critical for your OS is more important than those labelled Moderate.

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    [quote name='DocWatson' post='782784' date='02-Jul-2009 13:46']Welcome to Woody's Lounge.

    You'll need to tell us a bit more about your system for us to answer intelligently. Did your system come with any service packs installed ?? What version of Vista are you running and is it 32 or 64 bit ??[/quote]


    I have Vista 32, SP1 installed on my machine.

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    [quote name='Cheryl' post='783030' date='04-Jul-2009 15:06']I have Vista 32, SP1 installed on my machine.[/quote]
    Personally, I ignore all "warnings" against installing Microsoft critical and important updates which is what my Automatic Update lists when they come out. In the many years I have been using Windows, I have never had one update that caused a problem on any of my systems. Some people have personal grudges against Microsoft and thus publish all kinds of reasons to avoid installing this or that, etc.

    Yes, it sometimes happens that a particular system, usually due to the owner "tweaking" it to their own standards allegedly as improving what Microsoft either couldn't do or failed to do runs into a problem. And, there are rare instances where the odd software program causes some incompatibility issue with a critical or important update. But again, these situations are rare and are not typical.

    Let me say it one more time so there is no misunderstanding. I am referring to all Critical and Important updates... and NOT any of the other Optional, Software, Driver updates.

    Bottom line, which I am confident the vast majority of knowledgeable people here will agree with... install all Critical and Important (includes Security) updates and ignore the naysayers.

    That's my
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    [quote name='Pilgrim' post='783045' date='04-Jul-2009 18:52']Bottom line, which I am confident the vast majority of knowledgeable people here will agree with... install all Critical and Important (includes Security) updates and ignore the naysayers.

    That's my [/quote]
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    The only time I install any hardware drivers from Microsoft, is during Beta and early after the release of the RTM.
    Once the OS hit the retail shelves, I will only install from the OEM.


    I do keep a :eyeout: for some of the optional software as there are some that are very useful. If I have installed the optional software, it is good to also install the provided updates.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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