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Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Why And When You Should Upgrade Your Operating System

Your operating system is the heart of your computer. It is the backbone from which all of your programs work. Without it, your computer is nothing but a gadget made of plastic and metal. Since manufacturers continue to make changes in their products, it's important that you know when your operating system needs to be upgraded.

Why You Should Upgrade

Of course, your computer will continue to work using your old operating system and you can keep using it. You probably won't have any problems if your computer use is limited within your room or house.

The problem is, technology changes quickly. Newer versions of programs, gadgets and software appear. Not only do they make using your computer faster, they also provide access to all sorts of information and functionalities that won't work with your old operating system.

Another reason why upgrading your operating system is important is that most of the applications included in it contain some bugs or certain imperfections in the program. These imperfections often render the operating system vulnerable to damage or threat. If you want access to new programs, want better security and features on your operating system, you should consider upgrading.

When To Upgrade Your Operating System

Generally, the manufacturer of your operating system will let you know about an upgrade and alert you about a new patch you'll need to install. The patch is a supplement or a correction to certain applications and vulnerabilities of your OS. Upgrading it will make it more secure so you are less prone to errors or threats.

If you are working with an older version of your operating system and most of the software and files you encounter are higher versions, it's time to upgrade. A lower version will be unable to 'read' or run files and programs made from or designed using higher versions.

If you've tried opening a file saved using Windows XP, Windows 95 or lower, you will find that it's difficult for your older operating system. If you want to use newer files or exchange information with other people using higher versions, you will have to upgrade your operating system.

You'll also know it's time to upgrade when you want to use gadgets and accessories that will only run using a higher version of your operating system. If that accessory is an integral part of your computing, you definitely should get in touch with your manufacturer or buy yourself a new operating system. Simply check your computer to ensure you meet the minimum requirements for a glitch-free upgrade.