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Solved Optional Update KB2995388 ... is it really necessary?


Atomcrusher

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#1
Update for Windows 8.1 for x64-based Systems (KB2995388)
Download size: 61.3 MB - 61.5 MB
You may need to restart your computer for this update to take effect.
Update type: Optional
Install this update to resolve issues in Windows. For a complete listing of the issues that are included in this update, see the associated Microsoft Knowledge Base article for more information. After you install this item, you may have to restart your computer.
More information:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2995388
How do I determine if these "optional updates" are really necessary for my Laptop?
Here in South Africa ADSL is slow, and expensive :( I have a 4Mbps connection, and I have a data cap of only 10 GB per calendar month.

The never-ending MS updates depletes my data allowance, and I have always wondered how important the "Optional" updates are.

I would appreciate forum member's input on this
 

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paulsalter

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#2
I normal go for them all just to be sure (my internet is half your speed)

But have a look in the link you quoted and see if any of the improvements affect you

For example one of the fixes is an issue playing MP4 files, I have the problem mentioned so hopefully this should fix it

It's optional so wont harm anything if you ignore it
 

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    Windows 8.1
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    Dell Inspiron 3521
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Superfly

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#3
I usually only install updates related to drivers and the like (incl defender)- totally ignore anything remotely unnecessary - especially the gazillion GiB of Office updates... but then that's just me (and my slow bandwidth - albeit unlimited...)

:)
 

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Atomcrusher

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Thanks for the two responses above .. appreciate the feedback
 

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    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit
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    ASUS X54C
    CPU
    Intel Pentium B940 2.00GHz Sandy Bridge 32nm Technology
    Motherboard
    OEM - ASUSTeK Computer Inc. Model K54C (CPU 1) Version 1.0 Chipset Vendor Intel Chipset Model
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    6.00GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 665MHz
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    OEM - Intel Model HD Graphics
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OldGuyGeek

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I normal go for them all just to be sure (my internet is half your speed)

But have a look in the link you quoted and see if any of the improvements affect you

For example one of the fixes is an issue playing MP4 files, I have the problem mentioned so hopefully this should fix it

It's optional so wont harm anything if you ignore it
Actually there is a bunch more in this update. It list 4 things that could be important for 'home' users. But if you read the release notes for 'IT professionals', there's a couple more things in there that can benefit you.

http://www.eightforums.com/windows-...important-wndows-8-1-update-10-13-2014-a.html
 

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Nuccii

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Usually optional updates are exactly that, optional. If it was of real importance to the enhancement of your system, it would not be optional. Only by reading exactly what it does can you determine if you need it or not. Although I did not need it, I installed it and suffered no ill effects.
 

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