Ways to fix “your device is missing important security and quality fixes” Issues in Windows


The error “Your device is missing important security and quality fixes” can be seen when you want to update your Windows, but there are some issues with your PC configuration. The error appears when you have not updated your PC for a while or are running a substantially outdated operating system.

The ideal solution to fix the error is to install the latest available updates, be it a software update or a security patch for the latest month. This way, all your security and quality fixes are implemented on the PC, and you do not have to worry about the “Your device is missing important security and quality fixes” error.

However, in many cases, the error often persists even after you have updated your PC. OR worse, the error does not allow you to update the PC. Why so? Well, there can be multiple reasons for the same. In this blog, we will look at how you can fix the error. We have listed multiple ways since the cause of the error is unknown.

Without further ado, let’s begin!

How to Fix, “Your device is missing important security and quality fixes” Error on Windows?

The error does not seem fatal until it becomes difficult for a user to update the PC. Facing it is common as it does not cause a lot of changes in the way you use the PC but it can manifest more fatal issues than you can think of.

There are 3 ways you can use to resolve the error. These are –

1. Reinstall the Previous Important Update

The security updates that your PC gets regularly are important. They give you a sense of reliability that your PC’s security is getting refreshed every now and then. The updates install on their own. While most of the time the updates are installed without any issues, there are instances when the updates are unable to install properly and hence the error is generated.

The best way to deal with such a situation is to remove the broken update files and re-install the security update. Here’s how you can do it –

  • Use your Windows taskbar to search for update history of the PC.
  • Open the View Update History option available on your computer.

windows update

  • In the update history option, you will find a button to uninstall the update. Click on it.
  • It will give you a peek into the recent Windows Security and Quality updates that you have installed. Select the latest one and click on uninstall.

uninstall windows update

  • Once you have installed the update, Restart your PC.
  • Check if the error is still visible. If it is, look for the latest updates and let it install.

The process usually takes about an hour or two, considering the size of the update and the internet speed you have. Once you have finished installing the updates, the error should be gone.

2. Use Windows’ Integrated Update Troubleshooting

The troubleshooting feature of Windows is not always the go-to solution for the issues you face. However, it has surely gotten better over time. If the above technique did not fix the issue for you, you can initiate Windows update troubleshooting.

To initiate the troubleshooting error on Windows 10 & 11, follow the given path –

  • Windows 11 – Go to Settings→ Troubleshoot→ Other Troubleshooters→ Windows Update
  • Windows 10 – Windows Settings→ Update & Security → Troubleshoot→ Additional Troubleshooters → Windows

windows Additional Troubleshoot

  • Click on Run to initiate the troubleshooter for Windows Update
  • The troubleshooter works out on the potential errors and tries to resolve the error.

update not in process

Let the troubleshooting process get over. Restart your PC and then check again if the error  “Your device is missing important security and quality fixes” is gone. If it is still there, move on to the next fix!

3. Enable Telemetry Settings on Your PC

If you are even slightly good with computers, you will be easily able to perform this technique. Telemetry is your PC’s ultimate connection with Microsoft’s support, as it allows your PC to send data directly to Microsoft.

If by chance, these settings are off, you should try turning them on. This is because updates are often installed based on the way your PC behaves. If Microsoft has no knowledge of it, you might not get some important quality updates. To enable these settings, follow the given steps –

  • Open Run by pressing Windows + R
  • Insert the Command gpedit.msc to open the group policy editor.

run command

  • Once opened, follow the path – Computer Configuration >> Administrative Templates >> Windows Components >> Data Collection and Preview Builds

allow all telemetry

  • They find the telemetry and configure it to Enable it.

Once the telemetry settings are on, apply the changes you have made and instantly restart your PC. this should do the trick for you, considering if your telemetry was off. Check for the latest update for Windows and install it to remove the error completely.

Pro Tip: Make Sure your PC is using all the Updated Components

While the above techniques revolve around the Windows Update settings the error “your device is missing important security and quality fixes” might also be the result of missing drivers on your PC.

Drivers are a crucial part of your PC, and while this error is not directly caused by outdated drivers, they might add to the gruesome repercussions that this error may cause. Not to mention, running your PC with outdated drivers is not recommended as it may cause a lot of errors.

However, you cannot deny that keeping all the drivers updated is a tough nut to crack. Especially if you have to do it manually. Well, good for you; there’s an automated way!

Advanced Driver Updater is the ultimate tool that you can use to finish all your driver updates in just a few clicks. The tool is easy to use and takes 5 steps to finish the task. Check out the steps below

  • Run the application to find the welcome screen with the Start Scan Now button.

advanced driver updater

  •  Initiate the preliminary analysis of outdated drivers on your PC

advanced driver updater scan process

  • Once the scanning is finished, you will have a number of outdated drivers listed on your screen
  • Review the software that it has listed and click on update all to update the outdated drivers.

update all outdated driver

It is that easy! Updating the drivers will not only make your PC smoother but will also help you rectify common errors such as “your device is missing important security and quality fixes”.


There are multiple ways to resolve the issue, provided you are willing to spend time on your PC. On a lighter note, the error is not a fatal one as it will not cost you all your data or slow down your PC however it might make your PC prone to virus and malware attacks.

Resolving the error and keeping your PC drivers up to date is the ultimate way of using your machine well. I hope this blog gives you a solution to your PC issue. Let me know in the comments which technique worked for you. Catch you at the next one!


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Dishank Sharma
Dishank Sharma

A creative tech-writer who loves to explore latest tech-trends & convey them to his readers in the simplest way possible. He loves to blend the crispness of technology with a pinch of creativity while curating best practices for the readers. In his free time, he likes to scribble poetry, listen to rap & travel.

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