One thing that Mac and Windows computer users have in common are all those operating system (OS) and software updates. While they’re important for security, they can also get in the way when you’re in the middle of something.
Often the excitement of gaining a new feature can quickly be dampened when an update causes something to go haywire. So, it’s not uncommon to wonder, “Should I or shouldn’t I?” when you see that update alert pop up.
If you’ve got a newer computer, you might turn on automatic updates to make things easier. But should you?
The older your system gets, the harder the decision becomes to click that “update” button in case something goes very wrong.
At Techie Becky we’re fully aware of both the good and bad that can happen from various OS and software updates, and we work with our clients to ensure the process goes smoothly.
We’re proud to be a top provider for computer repair in Grand Rapids, Michigan and a trusted friend that our clients depend on to take the frustration out of their technology. One way we do that is through our Maintenance Program subscription, where we take care of all operating system and software updates in addition to providing other time-saving and affordable IT services.
In this article, we’ll discuss the things you need to know before applying updates and security patches, whether automatic updates are a good idea, and how to make them go more smoothly and keep them from ruining your day.
Should I Let My Computer Update Automatically?
How annoying is that update prompt on an iMac or MacBook? If you click “remind me later” its back tomorrow with no option to just go away. Windows prompts can be just as intrusive, but with Windows 10 they’ve really pushed that automatic update feature.
So, should you just let your computer update automatically so you don’t have to worry about it anymore?
Unfortunately, in today’s rushed world, sometimes updates are put out before they’re completely bug free. That’s why many of us know of at least one friend that always waits at least a month or so to do a new operating system update.
OS updates can also be more problematic for older systems that might not have the resources to handle the new upgrade, and performance can actually get worse instead of better.
According to ComputerWorld, Windows users that had their auto-update on in the fall of 2017 found a nasty surprise after one OS update, their Word docs and Excel spreadsheets wouldn’t display merged cells anymore and switched languages.
But every computer update isn’t created equal.
Some are small security patches (very important!) and don’t typically cause problems, while others, like updating from Mac’s Sierra to High Sierra, can be fraught with peril for certain users.
The bottom line is: When auto-update is on, you don’t have a chance to take precautions first or check with a trusted IT advisor (like Techie Becky!) before taking the plunge with an update.
What to Do Before You Update Your Computer
Before making any major operating system updates, there are some things you should absolutely do to protect yourself in case anything goes wrong.
A good number of the calls we get for computer repair in Grand Rapids, MI are distress calls for IT help after an OS update has gone wrong.
Here are some tips on what to do BEFORE you push that update button.
- Check the OS specs to ensure your computer is compatible.
- See if you have enough space to handle the upgrade.
- Back up your computer to a reliable local device or cloud backup.
- Do a “disk repair” to clear any potential issues.
- Make sure you have plenty of time (some OS upgrades can take a while)
We’d also suggest having your trusted IT person on speed dial! Or even better… subscribe to our Techie Becky Maintenance Program and leave all the update stuff to us!
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