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Operating system upgrade dilemma
Posted on 5-Jul-2016 12:40 by Bill Bennett. | Tags Filed under: News.

Many users were unhappy about the way Microsoft pushed the recent Windows 10 upgrade. Not all Mac owners were overjoyed about moving to OSX 10 El Capitan.

Operating systems change all the time. Do we all need to move in lockstep to the latest versions?

You may have good reasons not to want to jump. There have been botched or troublesome OS upgrades in the past.

Waiting a week can be smart. Let others be the guinea pigs, then update when itís clear the new software is safe.

Another reason to hold back is if there are doubts your applications and peripherals will still work. There were problems with software and hardware during the move from Windows 7 to 8.

Often third-party app developers donít move as fast as the OS companies with updates. Some older programs never make the transition from one OS version to another. Others may need complex workarounds or lose functionality. Games can be especially tricky.

Another problem is some upgrades are disruptive. After some upgrades it can be hard to find commonly used features. Files and other documents move locations and automated processes stop working.

While youíll get the hang of the new OS soon enough, itís not something youíd want to take a chance with when you have a lot of work on.

At times computers that run fine with one generation of an OS slow to a crawl after an update.

There are plenty of reasons to wait for the air to clear before upgrading.

Despite the problems, there comes a point where not upgrading is more unwise.

Not only do you miss advantages an upgrade OS may bring; new features, bug fixes and so on, but you risk getting out of step with app and hardware compatibility.

Before long drivers are not updated, developers stop updating old versions of their apps. If you change nothing, things will go on working as before. How realistic is that?

And then there is security.

At some point older operating systems no longer get the latest protections. Malware is a fast moving target, you canít afford to get too far behind. Older OSes often have vulnerabilities not found in new system software.

How you deal with upgrades is up to you. Unless you are confident, or your systems are not critical to your work, a little caution makes sense. But not so much caution you get left behind.

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