1. DLCPhototography's Avatar
    My Surface 3 is running fine; no problems.

    I just checked the Updates section, and found over 2 dozen "Optional" Updates for Windows 8.1 listed there (I have it set to automatically install "important" updates).

    The descriptions for each are pretty vague, and so I wonder how important it is.

    Any thoughts/experience on whether these should or shouldn't be installed?

    Don
    07-09-2015 07:06 AM
  2. AaronGraham's Avatar
    I always install them. Most of the updates are just performance or reliability updates that add or improve compatibility with older applications.
    07-09-2015 08:06 AM
  3. ADufresne's Avatar
    Given our proximity to July 29, I'm less inclined to install any optional updates unless they are security-related or I can relate them to an issue that is impacting me.
    07-09-2015 10:25 AM
  4. jdnorton22's Avatar
    I always install them, but on separate days than the critical updates go in. This way if something goes awry, I sort my system updates by date installed and uninstall the non-critical updates. Happened once early-on in 8.1.
    jeff
    07-09-2015 10:30 AM
  5. DLCPhototography's Avatar
    Thanks for the replies so far.

    131 views, 3 replies - what is everybody else doing with these updates? Any more opinions or experience?
    07-10-2015 07:25 PM
  6. rmeigs's Avatar
    I always install them, but on separate days than the critical updates go in. This way if something goes awry, I sort my system updates by date installed and uninstall the non-critical updates. Happened once early-on in 8.1.
    jeff
    I follow the same process.
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    07-11-2015 06:40 PM
  7. seremify's Avatar
    I know it's dangerous/risky but I typically just let Windows update as much/often as it wants.
    07-15-2015 05:44 AM
  8. DLCPhototography's Avatar
    I have an upcoming trip, and won't make any changes before leaving, but I think when I return I'll go ahead and enable all updates, optional as well as important. It does make sense to separate the installation of optional from important, so I'll probably do this as well.

    Thanks for the input.
    07-15-2015 05:46 AM
  9. Dewg's Avatar
    Dunno - I typically don't install the optionals. I did a few months ago, and suddenly had battery issues, where I'd lose 3-5% per hour while in sleep. I did a factory reset, and the problem went away - again not installing optionals.

    Then yesterday I installed the optionals, not thinking, with the rest of the windows updates for July. Now I'm having a problem where several apps are taking 20 seconds to start - they just sit on the splash screen for 20 seconds and then load. My Mail app also crashed and had to be reloaded.

    So I'm wiping again - I'll leave the optionals out. :-)
    07-16-2015 11:38 AM
  10. DLCPhototography's Avatar
    Dunno - I typically don't install the optionals. I did a few months ago, and suddenly had battery issues, where I'd lose 3-5% per hour while in sleep. I did a factory reset, and the problem went away - again not installing optionals.

    Then yesterday I installed the optionals, not thinking, with the rest of the windows updates for July. Now I'm having a problem where several apps are taking 20 seconds to start - they just sit on the splash screen for 20 seconds and then load. My Mail app also crashed and had to be reloaded.

    So I'm wiping again - I'll leave the optionals out. :-)
    Interesting - thanks for the input.

    Without considerable effort and controlled testing, it's pretty difficulty to track down these types of problems. Makes it hard to know what to do!
    07-16-2015 12:12 PM
  11. xandros9's Avatar
    I know it's dangerous/risky but I typically just let Windows update as much/often as it wants.
    that's not really dangerous.

    me, i typically install the optional ones occasionally, unless i know better.
    07-16-2015 01:49 PM
  12. WillysJeepMan's Avatar
    that's not really dangerous.

    me, i typically install the optional ones occasionally, unless i know better.
    It's "dangerous" when it decides it wants to install updates 10 minutes before a presentation.
    07-16-2015 02:27 PM
  13. xandros9's Avatar
    It's "dangerous" when it decides it wants to install updates 10 minutes before a presentation.
    "OK, so imagine this guys. Imagine you're seeing a list of all the problems. Now imagine there's this picture with a solution. And that solution is this doohickey that kinda looks like..."
    WillysJeepMan likes this.
    07-16-2015 02:36 PM
  14. WillysJeepMan's Avatar
    "OK, so imagine this guys. Imagine you're seeing a list of all the problems. Now imagine there's this picture with a solution. And that solution is this doohickey that kinda looks like..."
    ROTFLMAO!

    That was not a hypothetical. I actually had my Surface 2 decide to install updates and reboot 10 minutes before I was scheduled to give a presentation.
    xandros9 and DLCPhototography like this.
    07-17-2015 03:47 PM

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