Your Device Is Missing Important Security And Quality Fixes

Your Device Is Missing Important Security And Quality Fixes

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Sometimes when you start up your computer, you may get random pop-ups and messages that aim to notify you of updates or changes that you should be made aware of. Most of the time, these notifications are ignored but other times you need to play close attention. 

One such notification is this one commonly seen on Windows 10 or Windows 11 computers: 

“Your device is missing important security and quality fixes.”

What makes this notification more concerning is that it doesn’t give you any update options, making it seem like you are stuck and not sure what to do. Don’t worry – we are here to help. We are going to take a closer look at this error message, what it means and how you can resolve it.

What this error means

Usually what this error message means is that your computer is behind on bimportant updates that improve the overall performance of your computer’s software

Every second Tuesday of the month, Microsoft will launch important updates to help cover any vulnerabilities in their system.

They like to keep on top of these updates to ensure their softwares is completely safe and the best possible quality for their customers, but sometimes falling behind on these updates will leave you with the scary error message as seen above. 

There are actually different types of error messages depending on the string of numbers underneath. These are called error codes and they will vary from error to error. 

So, the best way to tackle this error message is to carry out the following steps below. This is a blanket way to address all error messages that contain the line:

“Your device is missing important security and quality fixes.” 

So, let’s jump in! 

1

Troubleshooting on Windows

Step

1

Open Up Your Start Button

The first thing you need to do is open up your start button and select the settings option. This will bring up the settings menu on your computer’s screen.

If the settings option is not labelled, it will be the option that looks like a small cog on the left-hand bar of your start menu.

Open Up Your Start Button

Step

2

Update And Security Option

In the settings menu, click on the Update and Security option.

Open Up Your Start Button

Step

3

Troubleshoot Option

On the bar menu to the left-hand side, you will see a lot of different options. Click on the option that says Troubleshoot and then click on Additional troubleshooters.

Open Up Your Start Button

Step

4

Windows Update

Then, find the option called Windows Update and click on that.

Open Up Your Start Button

This will then troubleshoot your computer and allow your Windows system to update. Anything that is preventing your computer from updating itself will be taken away.

Your computer will then be able to install the important security and quality updates it needs to be up-to-date and working at its best possible level.

2

Reset Your Computer

Sometimes, your PC can’t seem to get rid of whatever is preventing it from updating, you may need to completely reset your computer and start from scratch.

This does not mean losing all of your files – they can all be easily backed up on the Cloud beforehand to ensure that you don’t lose any important documents, photos and games. So, back up all your files first before trying this method out.

 

Step

1

Settings Menu

If it does come down to this option, then you will need to go to your Settings menu once again and go to Update and Security once more.

Step

2

Recovery Option

In the left-hand bar menu, go to the Recovery option instead. Sometimes, it is just below Troubleshoot. Click on Recover, then onto the Get Started button underneath the Reset this PC heading.

Reset Your Computer

Step

3

Reset The PC

You should be given the option to keep your files but just in case you aren’t given this option, it’s always wise to back up your most important files ahead of time. So, you can click on the Keep My Files option button to save all of your important personal files.

The other option, Remove Everything, will delete them and they will be lost.

Reset Your Computer

Step

4

Option To Choose

Windows will then give you the option to choose between reinstalling Windows through Cloud or through a local reinstall. You should choose Cloud download.

Reset Your Computer

After this, your computer will reset and whatever was blocking your previous updates should now be deleted. Your Windows will update and reinstall itself onto your computer and you can go back to enjoying your PC with no more error messages!

Conclusion

And that’s how you can get rid of that scary error message about your Windows computer being behind on its updates! 

Both methods are very easy to follow and super effective. If, for any reason, your computer is still getting these error messages, then you should contact Windows Tech Support immediately to try and resolve the issue. Good luck!

Andrew is one of three co-founders of BGFG, the parent company of PC Guide. A keen gamer and PC enthusiast, Andrew dabbles in a bit of writing sometimes - when he gets the chance to!

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