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Microsoft has 34 new Windows updates. Do you really need them?

Microsoft has 34 new Windows updates. Do you really need them?

As Windows users, I'm sure you've picked up the fact that Microsoft releases product updates every second Tuesday of the month. In fact, Microsoft even calls it "Update Tuesday." Click here if you aren't sure whether or not your computer is installing these updates.

In spite of how it seems sometimes, Update Tuesday isn't just an excuse for Microsoft to make you reboot your computer and sit around waiting while your computer displays colorful progress bars on your screen. Many of those updates are essential for keeping your computer safe from the latest threats or fixing problems that could make it unstable. So, how bad is it when Microsoft releases two sets of patches in a single month, like it just did?

Yes, you read that right, Microsoft just released a second round of Windows patches. And unlike some months where it's only one or two, this update numbers 34 individual installations. That sounds scary.

Fortunately, it isn't as bad as you might think. These updates are all listed as "optional," and depending on your hardware and operating system, you probably won't see more than a handful of them.

Next page: What these updates do and should you install them?
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