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About Windows Automatic Update Service


One of the critical features of a computing system is the very dynamic nature of the Windows operating system.  Threats and changes in the system are constantly changing to leave the user with no other option than to keep the system files updated all the time.

Microsoft has, over the years, evolved a system that enables the update of the files as and when necessary.

With Windows Automatic Update, the system files in a computer can be updated automatically without any manual intervention. 

It is possible to disable the update feature, but by default, the settings are set to keep the machine updated.

The automatic update feature has been introduced with the Windows Vista release onwards

Different types of updates

It would be possible to differentiate the automatic updates files into two. The critical updates and cumulative updates. They have been discussed in brief below.

Critical updates: These are also known as the security updates and are used to keep the security of the system in check. Since these types of updates are critical, there is no definite period that they are released in and can happen at any time. 

The security updates gain further significance as the latest versions of the Windows operating system has the defender program that acts as an anti-virus function. 

Cumulative updates: The cumulative update files are those that take care of the update feature, which has been released as a series of smaller files. Rather than download the files individually, they are updated cumulatively as a single file that has all the components of the single files. 

Traditionally there never has been a specific fixed time to carry out the updates, and most of the time, the updates happened when the files were ready to be downloaded from the Microsoft servers. But with the introduction of Windows 10 release, Microsoft has made it a policy to update the files from the second Tuesday of the month and every month. 

A brief history on update feature

In the early releases of Windows Operating Systems, the feature to have regular and automatic updates were not present.  Instead, the computer operator had to manually initialize the updating of the files in the system updates settings.

With the increasing criticality of the updates soon being evident, Microsoft started the feature of automatically updating the system files. This ensured a smoother life for the user and an always prepared computer.

At the later stages, Windows started giving out messages that specific updates were ready for download and installation. But the actual update had to be carried out by the operator of the system.

With the Windows Automatic Update feature, people can rest easy in knowing that their machines would stay updated as long as there is an active internet connection

It must be concluded that Windows Automatic Updates came about with the evolution of the computing space. Few people can find fault with the feature as it takes care of the update function on its own without human intervention.

Baring the go slow experiences by the home version of Windows 10 release during the download and update of files; this could be the best solution to the issue so far.


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