Earlier this year, two huge CPU vulnerabilities, namely Meltdown and Spectre, were found. Although Microsoft released security patches to fix the issues, nothing got fixed completely. The reason is that a lot of antivirus programs faced compatibility problems with the updates and it crashed many computers. To prevent this from happening in the future, Microsoft restricted security updates in Windows 7 and later until these programs set a registry key to prove their compatibility with the updates. Now, the problem arises here.
While Windows 10 users can take a sigh of relief as Microsoft changed its policies for them, Windows 7 and 8.1 will have to stay without security updates. And without an antivirus installed on your system, you can’t set the registry key. Now, Windows 8.1 can be ruled out as it has its inbuilt Windows Defender. So, everything comes to Windows 7. There’s no antivirus app to set the registry key in the version. But you can still do it. Here’s how:
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Keep Getting Security Updates in Windows 7
You can unlock security updates in Windows 7 by using Registry Editor. Use the Start search to look for regedit and press Enter.
- Once you’re in the Registry Editor, navigate to this location:
- Now, right-click QualityCompat
- Choose New > DWORD (32-Bit) Value and give it this name:
- Leave the value section as it is
- Exit the Registry Editor and reboot your computer
With the above-mentioned setting tweak, you’ll be able to receive security updates from now on even if you don’t have an antivirus installed on your system. To ensure if you’ll get updates, head to Start and enter Windows Update in the search field.
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