That’s a problem because globally a large number of businesses still run this software on at least some of their computers.A full 42% of businesses run Windows XP on at least one machine and 7% run Windows Vista somewhere, according to Spiceworks, a Texas-based company that makes software that lets businesses catalog what software they have installed.“Organizations understand the risks, but in some cases there’s just simply no alternative or insufficient funds or resources or time to move away from these older systems.
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Time Required: It usually takes around 15 minutes to update a driver a Windows, even less time if the driver is self-installable or you get it via Windows Update (more on all of that below).
Older software and chips will take the biggest hit, Microsoft said.
In a blog post, it said that in computers running the Windows 8 and Windows 7 operating systems on Intel central processing unit chips from 2015 and before “we expect most users to notice a decrease in system performance.”The biggest issue for Windows users is that Microsoft no longer supports extremely old versions of Windows such as Windows XP and Windows Vista, so no patches will be forthcoming.
While there are some drivers that Windows doesn't automatically update, they're by and large covered.
But how do you know when you need to update your drivers?The flaws affect devices with certain Intel, AMD and ARM chips and make it possible for hackers to access information previously considered secure.Companies have been scrambling to push out patches that protect against flaw before hackers attack.An updated driver might enable new features for the hardware, something I see on a regular basis with popular video cards and sound cards.Tip: Updating drivers yourself is not difficult, but there are programs that will more or less do it for you.Microsoft on Tuesday suspended some of its required updates after there were reports that on some computers running Advanced Micro Devices processing chips, the patches caused the computers to stop working.