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Fresh install - do I need to install every update?

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    Fresh install - do I need to install every update?


    I've just done a fresh install of Windows 8.1 Pro 64bit.

    I have installed all the security updates and .net updates.
    However, I have 101 "Important" updates totalling 400MB and a 2017-09 security monthly quality rollup of almost 300MB.

    Are these updates super necessary or can I safely ignore them?

    Thanks.

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    I'd install them all, because there will be some updates to the mechanism that allows the new unified updates past October 2016.
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    8.1 update


    Thanks for that. I suppose I am a bit concerned because there are sites like AskWoody that don't advocate installing every update.
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    I install everything but the telemetry updates. This is what I have hidden.

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    Ahh yes, Telemetry updates - thanks for that. I knew there was something to look out for. I have done that on my Win 7 machine as i check as i go along. Microsoft are making it harder to know what goes into each update though now.

    What about the monthly rollups? Do you install those?
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    The Monthly Rollup are pretty much a necessary evil unfortunately It's a better option than running an out of date system. That's what happened with the Wannacry Virus after people turned off updates to keep from getting forced Win 10 downgrades. Reinstalls of Win 7 are a lot simpler using the Simplix Pack. I usually wait a few Days after the new version links are posted on MyDigitalLife to let the Gurus check them before I download.
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