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The Importance of Operating System and Software Updates


Maintaining the health of your software and operating system is of paramount importance! The main reason is to make sure you have the latest security available for your computer. But it will also ensure better functionality (how efficient your system runs) and will help to fix bugs before they bite! Ignoring security updates will put your PC at risk of a virus, or malicious piece of software which could infect many of your systems. Ouch!


Software Updates

We’ve all been there. You’re happily working away on your laptop or PC when that really annoying pop-up message rears its ugly head which asks you to click “update software” or “remind me later”. It may be very tempting to hit the “remind” button BUT keeping your software up-to-date is so important! Those pesky updates actually affect usability, security, and compatibility with other software. So, don’t ignore them ;)


But what exactly is a software update? Well, sometimes it’s called a software patch – a free download for an application, operating system or software suite that provides fixes for features that aren’t working as intended or adds minor software enhancements and compatibility


Upgrading, on the other hand is the process of replacing hardware, software or firmware with a newer or better version, in order to bring the system up to date or to improve its characteristics.


Operating System Updates

An operating system is the core set of programs that run a computer and upon which all other programs rely in order to operate. Operating system updates are corrections for program incompatibilities, discovered errors, and security vulnerabilities. You may wonder why you should spend the time and money to update your operating systems. With stronger security, access to support, and the ability to work with newer programs, updating old operating systems becomes a necessity!


Microsoft Windows 7 Announcement

Did you know? After January 14th 2020, Microsoft will no longer provide free security updates or support for PCs running ‘Windows 7’. You can of course continue to use Windows 7, but once support ends, your PC will become more vulnerable to security risks and viruses. To avoid the inconvenience, Microsoft recommends that you consider upgrading to Windows 10.


If you are running on Windows 8/8.1 you have a bit longer (until 10/1/2023) or until 14/10/2025 if you are running on a current build of Windows 10


It’s a good idea to consider upgrading to the newest version before your current system reaches end of life, so that you can ensure your information is protected. If you require any further information or would like to discuss how an upgrade can help safeguard your PC, call me on 07563 441261 or email me at hello@shaunprince.com


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