Consequences of not doing windows updates?

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  1. Coaster

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    Just wondering what would happen if you didn't do any windows updates.
    I know someone who doesn't do them for his laptop. He's got a BT router as per the telly adverts but will it protect him from any security issues?
     
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    His laptop won't slow down to a crawl over time... But any security fixes / general improvements wont be on his machine so it may be more vunerable to viruses etc - having an uptodate scanner may mitigate this to some extent.
     
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    If he's connected to the internet, which being connected to the router implies, then yes he absolutely needs the updates. If it's because he doesn't have a genuine Windows key then he should get one. Having a firewall set up in the router will help for a small percentage of attacks. Without updates it's entirely possible his computer will become part of a botnet.
     
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    Also Microsoft have to fix the fix they put out for the fix which was meant to fix the error :rolleyes:
     
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    Generally I say windows updates are more trouble than they are worth.
    I have fixed many computers where a windows update has made the computer
    completely unusable.

    I always switch it off on my computer. Only last year I was using something then all of a sudden next day it stopped working. Yes a windows update
    had stuffed it.

    If it ain't broke don't fix it.
     
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