We’ve all been there: You start your computer all set to do some super important work only to sit there for minutes on end while Windows updates your computer. And don’t even think about restarting your computer while the updates are installed.
Those updates aren’t there merely to annoy you. They actually perform vital upgrades to your computer, including its security systems.
On Jan. 14, Microsoft will end its extended support for its popular Windows 7 operating system, which means automatic updates will cease. As a result, computers running Windows 7 could become vulnerable to security threats, putting their data at risk of theft, destruction or ransom.