Updates are a very controversial topic at the best of time. Some people don’t mind updating their systems when new software is available whilst some people absolutely detest them. Me I am somewhere in the middle. I am of the mindset if it isn’t broke then I try not to fix it, meaning I will update software when I have to for security reasons and not much else (unless the client says they want to).
I met a potential client last week who has a Windows 7 PC in his office on Service Pack 1 with the updates turned off. He has had the updates turned off for over a year and his system runs like a dream. No update issues or restarting the system when you are in the middle of something. Now I did try to point out that Microsoft had issued several security updates during this time and it might be wise to install them on this particular system. “Not a chance as I have seen what happens when I update Microsoft software. Some of the other systems in this office have updates enabled and they crash too often when software is updated. My system just works”
I can see his point. I have lost count of the times I have had to deal with issues over the last 12 months which were caused by dodgy Microsoft updates. It is worth noting here that this is not a specific problem to Microsoft. Apple have had some crackers too with both iOS and OSX and even Android can be just as bad. One minute my app works then it updates and no longer functions.
Of course the downside of not updating software is security. If a hole is found and not patched then you leave a potential vulnerability for someone to exploit. This message though will be lost if said update breaks something else on the way through.
We can’t expect Microsoft, Apple, Google and the like to test every potential configuration for their software as this is just impossible but it does seem that recently (and we are talking 12 months here) standards have been slipping. If anyone is listening a bit more testing please!!
So what do you think? Are updates a good thing or a pain in the ……….?
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