To DownLoad and Update or Not?

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To DownLoad and Update or Not?

Postby addams » Sat Jan 30, 2016 12:36 am UTC

I am paralyzed by a risk I do not understand.

There are rumors that say, 'Updates are not always bug 'fixes' but a bundle of bugs.'
Remember Windows 8?

At some point I had made the decision to walk in Faith and allow downloads and updates.
My Faith has been shaken.

To DownLoad and Update or Not?

That is the question.
Is there an easy answer?
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Re: To DownLoad and Update or Not?

Postby poxic » Sat Jan 30, 2016 12:51 am UTC

Depends. Most of the time, updates will save you from getting some nasty viruses and malware. Occasionally the updates will break something, but then the next update will usually fix it.

And also occasionally, Microsoft will send everyone Windows 10 as an "update". Buyer updater beware.
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Re: To DownLoad and Update or Not?

Postby addams » Sat Jan 30, 2016 5:04 pm UTC

oh.

Thank you.
That makes updates look better.
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Re: To DownLoad and Update or Not?

Postby cphite » Mon Feb 01, 2016 4:29 pm UTC

addams wrote:I am paralyzed by a risk I do not understand.

There are rumors that say, 'Updates are not always bug 'fixes' but a bundle of bugs.'
Remember Windows 8?

At some point I had made the decision to walk in Faith and allow downloads and updates.
My Faith has been shaken.

To DownLoad and Update or Not?

That is the question.
Is there an easy answer?


It depends on what you're updating from and to.

If you're thinking about Windows 10 (just a guess based on your post) I would say go for it... it's free until July 29th so it's not something you have to decide right now.

Generally speaking, it's a bit more stable and secure than previous Windows. One caveat is that it sends a lot of data to Microsoft - you can disable most but not all of that, but the stuff you cannot disable is basically error reporting - that is, if something crashes it tells them what crashed. Contrary to a lot of the hype online, it's not spying on you (or at least, not you personally - it's aggregated)

If you don't routinely back up your stuff (whatever you deem important) then do that before upgrading (before any upgrade, really).

If you find that you don't like Windows 10 at all, you can revert back to your previous version within 30 days. I've never done this personally, but I've heard that it works... but you might also consider taking an image with something like Macrium (free version here: http://www.macrium.com/reflectfree.aspx before upgrading.

If you aren't talking about Windows at all, disregard the above.


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