Getting a new PC or doing a fresh Windows installation feels very good. You get a brand-new computer; it works fast, and the fresh operation system just flies. But you may encounter one interesting error deep within Windows Settings. The uplifting mood may be a bit spoiled by a message saying that your device is missing important security and quality fixes. Sounds pretty bad for a new PC or fresh Windows installation, isn’t it? If you worry about this error, don’t panic. This article will tell you what to do when your PC says it is missing important security and quality fixes.
Your Device is Missing Important Security and Quality Fixes: Why This Error Occurs?
First thing first, this “error” is related to software only. In other words, there is nothing wrong with your PC hardware, thus no need to return it to a shop or call technical support. Also, users usually encounter this error only once for a lifetime of one PC or Windows copy. It may come back only if you reinstall Windows or buy a new computer.
In a nutshell, “Your device is missing important security and quality fixes” message means you need to update your Windows and get the latest cumulative updates. Why this error appears?
In order to understand the nature of this error, you need to know how Windows Installation Media works. Microsoft compiles the “final” build of Windows then creates installation ISO and publishes it on its own website. Also, OEMs receive this “final” build to install it on their PCs. With time, Microsoft releases new cumulative updates that contain important fixes, security patches and general quality updates (for example, they improve battery life or eliminate nasty bugs). In order to operate properly, Windows 10 should constantly download and install new updates. If you don’t install cumulative updates for a long time, Windows shows “Your device is missing important security and quality fixes” error thus urging a user to install every available update. This may happen if you get a new PC which is five or six months old. Obviously, nobody cares about updating Windows on every PC sealed in a box. Also, if a PC was shut down for a very long time, you can get “Your device is missing important security and quality fixes” when you turn it on.
Microsoft updates Windows 10 Installation files from time to time making cumulative updates available right “out of the box”. If you update your installation media to the newest version (if available, obviously), Windows won’t bother you with this error. You may still need to download some updates, but Windows Update won’t show you “Your device is missing important security and quality fixes” message.
For your information: if you block Windows Update using third-party tools or registry tweaks, this error may appear again. We do not recommend turning off Windows Update for the sake of security and stability. If you encounter buggy update, pause Windows Update using built-in tools. You can pause it for up to 35 days without messing with registry or Windows files.
How to Get Rid of an Error?
All you need to do is hit that Check for updates button and wait for the Windows to download and install every available update. Then, restart your PC and you are good to go. Keep your computer up to date and this error won’t appear again. We can’t help but wish every Windows 10 error was that easy to fix.