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    New to Windows 8

    I have just replaced XP with a new Windows 8 PC and have continued the practice of switching off automatic updates. I have decided not to upgrade to 8.1 just yet because of the controversy over the enforced migration to the 8.1 update. So that leaves me with the dilemma of which Win8 updates to download and install.

    Security updates for Defender seems to be a minimum, but when I check for outstanding updates I am presented with a list of what is described as 64 important updates totalling around 700mb in total. I assume the machine is in the factory pre-set condition as they include a load of

    - security updates running from KB2871997 to KB3000869 which includes NET Framework 3.5 updates
    - important updates running from KB2776968 to KB2996851

    The current MS-DEFCON 3 alert seems to be saying patch now, but I'm not sure whether I just press the button or whether there are still updates I need to exclude, especially as I want to stick with WIN8 for the moment and don't to be inadvertently upgraded.

    May be elementary for you guys but for this new boy it's heady hurty! Any advice?

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    Install everything, including 8.1 (why wait?).

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    Make a backup image and proceed with the update, as Bruce says, why wait?
    DRIVE IMAGING
    Invest a little time and energy in a well thought out BACKUP regimen and you will have minimal down time, and headache.

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    I concur with Bruce and Clint. I would suggest a full drive image (the complete hard drive, not just the partitions) as a starting point.
    Create a fresh drive image before making system changes, in case you need to start over!

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    Yes, I can't stand the scatterbrained layout of W8 myself but the time to hesitate would have been before leaving shore so to speak. Gotta sail on now or you'll be in the horse latitudes forever.

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    Some reading:
    http://www.pcworld.com/article/23616...installed.html
    On this one change any mention of Windows 9 to read Windows 10:
    http://www.forbes.com/sites/gordonke...ows-8-updates/

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