a software updater that automates the process, freeing them from having to take direct care of all those pesky reminders.
But an updater is not a complete answer. Most updaters let Windows take care of its own updates. It’s the end user that decides how these particular Windows updates should be installed. The recommended option from Windows is to let them do the checking, downloading, and installation automatically. However, there are other options such as having Windows simply check for an update and leaving the installation choice up to the end user.
Wait quickly is the answer proposed on several user forums. When there is an update from Microsoft, wait a day or two to see if there are reports of any issues before installing it. And yes, the experts also recommend backing up the OS before installing anything new. This approach combines personal caution and involvement — giving zero-day threats and exploit kits just a slightly larger window of opportunity.
These are great recommendations, but still they are tasks that the vast majority of computer users just are not willing to do. That is a serious problem. Statistically, people are overall far more vulnerable to malware because of a delaying or ignoring an update than they are likely to have files lost or damaged from a bungled Windows update. And they certainly are more likely to be exposed and vulnerable to malware such as an exploit kit if they try to handle all of their updates on their own – without the help from a Software Updater. For the technological newbie, the best solution is still to let Windows search for and download the update itself — then let the admin install it. Both options are shown above in the screenshot. This gives you time to make or find the system repair disk in the event something bad happens — and get a Software Updater do the rest.
Or, maybe just get a Chromebook and let Google take care of everything as it funnels more advertisements your way.