As a result, Microsoft put on hold some of the updates on Tuesday.
Users have no easy way of finding out if a program’s or device’s performance is affected by a security patch. Experts say that there is a slim chance that the security fixes may be affecting performance.
Home users may experience slow-downs because of other issues. One cybersecurity expert noted that users usually enjoy placing the blame on the security updates for any slowdowns.
Older Windows Versions the Most Affected
Microsoft warned that older computers and software will be more likely to be slowed down by the new updates. On Tuesday, it said that computer systems from 2005 or older with an Intel CPU chip and running Windows 7 or 8 may indeed experience a decrease in system performance.
However, the biggest problem some users will face is that the tech giant no longer offers support for older versions of its operating system like Windows XP and Vista. Those users will not see any patches at all.
This problem could lead to other problems as a large number of companies still use the older versions of Windows on at least some of their computer systems. According to Spiceworks, 42 percent of companies still use Windows Xp and 7% use Vista.
Spiceworks experts explained that businesses are fully aware of the risks but they either have no alternatives or no money for a software upgrade on their machines. For instance, there are older computer or printers whose controller software needs a specific type of operating system.
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