If it's inconvenient for some reason, I'll put it off, but usually I let it download and install the recommended updates, but NEVER download drivers via Windows update. And normally I don't do the optional updates. I've been downloading and installing all the recommended Windows updates since Windows 98 on about 3 dozen computers, and haven't seen the first problem with any of them. I wonder about the folk who claim they cause them problems.
You didn't specify whether you're asking about just Windows updates or all from different sources like Adobe, Firefox, Chrome, etc. Normally I'll do the Adobe updates. With Firefox I don't think it has an automatic update, so I check for those every couple of weeks. With Chrome it seems to ask daily & I usually let it do the updates too.
These are the only ones I remember getting updates for - I'm probably overlooking something, but that's all I can think of for now.
When you get a notification for a software update/patch, what do you do?
-- I click on "download" and then "install" and let the software do its update.
-- I have my system set to automatically download and update it.
-- I go to the publisher's Web site, and download the update and install it on my own terms.
-- I check the .exe file name, look it up to see if it's legit before installing.
-- I use a third-party software update management utility to screen my updates.
-- Other methods. (What is it?)
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