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QOTW: How soon do you install the latest software updates?

by Parm Mann on 4 October 2019, 16:31

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Software updates. Is there anything more precarious in the world of tech? A good update can not only fix existing bugs, but also add new functionality that enhances the usefulness of a product. That's the theory, but as most readers will attest, a bad update can add more bugs into the mix, or in some cases, render a device unusable.

Such a double-edged sword begs the question; should you update right away? I've got to confess, my own OCD tends to get the better of me in this regard, and even if my devices are all working just fine, I often feel the need to have the latest available update, be it firmware or software, for every possible product.

Automatic updates have changed the landscape somewhat - you no longer need to manually run the risk on certain devices - but even then, there's nothing to say you have to upgrade immediately. We imagine the HEXUS readership manages such updates on personal equipment, as well as devices belonging to friends and family, and there will be some who carry out upgrades on a larger scale in the workplace.

The same question is valid in all scenarios, so let's hear it; how soon do you install the latest software updates? Let us know using the comments facility below.



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Now that you can postpone the big updates for a year & small ones for 30 days and use the trick of setting the connection you use to metred I do it when I want for Windows 10.

On Android I just don't care so whenever it wants.
IMHO you should be able to install a update on day #1
IF ! you cant do that then the company are doing a piss poor job with its beta testers, and yes companies should ask more of those, maybe so much they will have to pay those people.

The companies i am working with developing and testing new hardware i often ask if they should ask more of me, cuz really i think i am not doing as much as i should,,,, but like any person i am lazy so its not like i just step up on my own.
But in general the companies seem happy,,,, which then it turn annoy me a little.
But i am not flying off the handle over that, i get to do a little work ( i am on early retirement ) and i get my hands on new “free” hardware i would otherwise not be able to get on my pension.
AGTDenton
Now that you can postpone the big updates for a year & small ones for 30 days and use the trick of setting the connection you use to metred I do it when I want for Windows 10.

On Android I just don't care so whenever it wants.

You can do what now?

*sets to metered* - YOU SHALL BORK MY HARDWARE NO MORE! (for a year).
Hopefully when the bugs are out (I have deferred updates), I read the posts around the updates to see if they are problematic.
Pretty much as soon as possible, and I am running Windows insider builds so that means every week at the moment.

I am yet to be hit by any major windows update bugs/issues though, so my confidence level is high :)

The only exception is my iPad, as it just takes too long and I am not remotely interested in the new “features” etc that often come with iPad updates (read: slowdowns..) so I delay those constantly.

Windows is asap though. Can't go back to pre 1903 now, Dark Mode file explorer is really nice :)