This article will show how to fix 'Your device needs the latest security updates' popup which keeps appearing in Windows 10 and slowing down the system.

Recently, we shared you an article in which we fixed annoying Updates are available popup:

How to disable ‘Updates are available’ in Windows 10

Today, in this article, we’re going to discuss yet another similar popup. Actually, one of my readers mailed me regarding this problem. According to him, he was experiencing a Windows Update popup that keeps appearing and he can’t minimize or close this popup. Here is what this popup says and its screenshot is also mentioned below.

Your device needs the latest security updates

Microsoft can’t install important security updates on your PC until you install the most current version of Windows 10.

FIX 'Your Device Needs The Latest Security Updates' In Windows 10

So the problem is that due to this notification, Windows keeps slowing down as most of background process are contributing to this operation. This results in slowed down machine which no one wants to run. Also, when it reaches 100%, it shows ‘Restoring your previous version’ and then start again from 0%. You can easily understand how frustrating and time consuming this is. So how to stop this annoyance?

Well, we’ve got few suggestions for you to get rid of this problem.

FIX: ‘Your Device Needs The Latest Security Updates’ In Windows 10

You may experience this problem, if you’re lagging much behind with Windows 10 versions. For example, if you’re on V1511 and the latest version as of today is V1709. This creates a big generation gap between Windows 10 version. Due to this reason, Windows Update assumes that your system is no longer secure as it is not the latest one. Hence it attempts to download the latest version as in this case, but it however fails to install it.

Thus to avoid this problem from recurring, you should upgrade latest Windows 10 via this two options:

Perform in-place upgrade to latest version in Windows 10

Clean install latest Windows 10 version using bootable ISO file

After upgrading to latest version, install Windows Updates normally and these should be no such popup.

Other suggestions you can try to fix the loop:

Hope this helps!

Related: Your device is at risk because it’s out of date and missing important security and quality updates.


  • my windows 10 is not a legitimate copy . can i still do whatever you mentioned ???

  • Fantastic! Thank you, I’ve just downloaded the Hide Updates software from Microsoft and ticked all update options for Windows 10. I hope it works, fingers crossed. While I understand updates, I find them infuriating that one fix leads to another. Given that I only use a small percentage of Windows functions, I cannot imagine why any upgrade would require a whopping 5GB. It just goes to show that faster processing speeds are just making programmers lazy, filling our hard drives with inefficiency. I just want an OS that works and doesn’t need updating. Fullstop. Thank you for helping me block these looping updates that behave like a virus (in my opinion). Thanks.

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Happy to help 😎

  • Excellent comment “Anon”. Exactly how I feel about the whole ridiculous updates saga. Have never updated in all my operating systems and don’t want to start now.

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