Unfortunately, sometimes one or more of those patches will cause a problem, ranging from serious ones like error messages preventing Windows from starting to less serious ones like video or audio problems.
If you're confident that the problem you're experiencing began only after one or more Windows updates, whether manual, automatic, on Patch Tuesday, or otherwise, continue reading for help on what to do next.
The best way for users to ensure -- as Windows and Devices chief Terry Myerson promised last year -- they "won't be surprised" about going to Windows 10 -- is to follow Microsoft's guidelines to block the Windows 10 notification update on their devices.
By following the steps provided, users shouldn't see any more nags and shouldn't have the update process start or complete without them being aware it's happening.
If you spend the next hour or two trying to fix a problem using the wrong assumption about its cause, it's unlikely that you're going to walk away with a working computer.
Once you're fairly certain that your issue is directly related to the installation of one or more Windows updates, the second thing to do is decide which set of troubleshooting steps to follow, either To summarize, read the section immediately below this paragraph first and then scroll down and follow the correct set of troubleshooting steps for your problem, determined by how much access to Windows you have right now. Don't scroll down past this section because you're beyond sure that these Microsoft updates crashed or broke your computer somehow.
Microsoft will continue to patch and support Windows 7 until 2020 and Windows 8.1 until 2023.
The second way is to check the registry for a specific key and change it to a different value.Windows Vista and later provide a Control Panel to configure update settings and check for updates.The Windows Update Control Panel also has the function of downloading Windows Ultimate Extras, optional software for Windows Vista Ultimate Edition.(Once this machine is on its last leg, I will replace it with a Windows 10 machine, but for now, it works just fine with Windows 7 and I don't want or need to switch OSes.)I have heard from plenty of other users who want or need to stay with an older version of Windows for a variety of reasons.Some have older peripherals that aren't supported with Windows 10.Windows Update exists to keep Windows and other Microsoft software updated, usually with little intervention from us.