Open windows keep updating itself
This is why you should have Windows install updates automatically.
It’s possible you leap into action every time you see the security notification, but many people don’t.
On Windows 8 and 8.1, there’s a much longer grace period — you see a “you recently updated, so you need to reboot your PC” message, but your computer will wait three entire days before rebooting on its own.
You’ll have plenty of time to restart on your own terms without losing your work.
If only Windows 8 and 8.1 didn’t have so many other problems that are making people cling to Windows 7.
You can learn more about the new features, and changes included on Windows 10 build 14942 in our dive deep article.
A good case and point is the recent Xbox sign-in failure after installing the latest Windows 10 Redstone 2 update, which fortunately Microsoft was able to provide a workaround.
Now on Windows 10 build 14942 a small number of users are reporting that after installing the latest update Microsoft Edge keeps crashing every time they try to open the browser.
For software like your web browser and browser plug-ins, you also want to leave automatic updates enabled — thankfully, that’s the default these days.
If you disable automatic updates for Firefox, Flash, Adobe Reader, or other important software, you should go turn them back on right now. In Windows XP and Windows Vista, your computer might automatically install updates while you get up for a coffee break and have rebooted itself by the time you get back.