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Should I install Essential System Updates for Microsoft Windows 10 on rebuilt laptop?

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elite book 745 G2
Microsoft Windows 10 (64-bit)

I have just rebuilt this old laptop (which had windows 7 on it previously) using windows 10 ISO. After I did the build I applied all windows 10 updates from microsoft and also downloaded HP Service assistant which recommended no updates. I then went onto the HP drivers and software download page for this product and installed all the latest drivers and software which were missing or down level, including latest available BIOS level.


I saw one software item in the list that I am not sure if I should apply or not.


Essential System Updates for Microsoft Windows 10 



Operating System-Enhancements and QFEs


11.2 Rev.1

Operating systems:

Windows 10 (64-bit)

Release date:

Jun 1, 2016


What is it?


The reason I am hesitant to install it is whilst it latest for this model it is relatively old. I am concerned it would replace later updates from microsoft that had been applied by the windows update.


The laptop is behaving correctly with no issues currently.


Any advice appreciated.



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It's really good that you came here and asked about this -- as most folks charge into this kind of stuff blindly and then wonder what happened when their PC no longer works!


I can only tell you what I would do ...


That description includes stuff that will improve the PC experience, so I would install it -- but not BEFORE I did an image backup using Macrium Reflect (more on this below) so I had something to restore FROM if the install proved to be problematic later.



I personally prefer to use third-party Backup solutions as they tend to be both more flexible and more reliable than any built-in solutions.

Macrium Reflect (MR) provides a FREE version that can be used to image and restore partitions or entire drives.

What I recommend is the following:
1) Download and install Macrium Reflect (MR) from here:
2) Run MR and choose the option: "Create an image of the partition(s) required to backup and restore Windows" to write a full backup to an external drive or USB stick
3) Use the option to create a boot USB stick or CD

My experience is that MR, when using the High Compression option, typically can compress the saved image file to about 50% of the USED space in the OS partition. This means if you have an 80GB OS partition, and 40GB is used, MR only needs about 20GB to store the image file.

I use this all the time and it typically takes less than 15 minutes to do the image backup and about the same time or less to do a restore.

Plus, MR has the option to Add a Recovery Boot Menu entry. This allows you then to boot into WinRE, and you can then use that to do a restore -- when you can't boot into Windows!

NOW, you have the means to restore a full working system from the external drive or USB stick in only a few minutes.

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