09-06-2016 03:13 PM - last edited on 09-07-2016 07:53 AM by Majestic
purchased a lenovo machine type 90bg
the question critical updates
critical updates are turned off
looked at all updates and there are 2 gigs to download
should critcal updates be done and if done can they cause problems
support at lenovo told me not to do it
personally think critical updates are a waste of time
next how do you update drivers
lets assume display drivers there is a exe file there is no read me file
next lenovo web guard what is this program should it be uninstalled.
this computer has a 180 watt power supply proprietary
burner looks cheap
not sure if it uses a regular hard drive or proprietary
out of curiosity can this machine last a 2 year with 8 hours usage a day
still have a lenovo 8258hbu working well 12 years old xp
find xp is better then 8.1
windows 10 does critical updates automatically no choice
thanks for your help in advance
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09-06-2016 03:25 PM
this is the machine
09-06-2016 06:22 PM - edited 09-06-2016 06:23 PM
Critical updates from Microsoft are released to address system errors and security flaws in the OS, and if not applied just leave your system open to attacks by malware threats such as backdoors, keyloggers etc., and the occasional system errors and BSOD's, so I cannot fathom why anyone at Lenovo would tell you to leave them off, but if you feel lucky and choose to do so, that is your choice as long as you understand the consequences.
As far as driver updates, you can certainly forgo them, but I would read the readme.txt on the display and network drivers as some actually improve performance, and are the stable version from the manufacturer that have been tested by Lenovo to work on your system.
The 180 watt power supply is sufficient for the hardware installed, but can be upgraded (with an adapter) to a larger one if you choose to nuts on the video card.
Device Manager will give you the model number for the HD and DVD drive which you can Google to get the manufacturer. Mine came with a Seagate HD drive and a Liteon DVD, both which work just fine, but yours may be from a different manufacturer.
As fare as Web Guard, I do not run it on my system because I run a good antivurus already.
I liked XP too, but windows 8.1 is faster, more secure and with the addition of Classic Shell, it looks just like XP only better. I upgraded to Windows 10 and really like it, but then I do not fear the updates. If I really wanted to prevent them, I could just block them using my firewall, but I just let them roll, and thus far no issues...