Updates and upgrades for Windows operating systems

How to successfully update or upgrade your Windows Operating System

When Microsoft release a new update or a new version of Windows, users should be aware that failure to run the updates or upgrade could make their systems vulnerable to security risks, viruses, software failures, or hardware malfunctions. So what’s the best way to run these updates?

Here we’ll outline some best practices in order to stay up-to-date and protected:

Updates to your current Windows operating system

Windows has an update manager built right into the interface. Windows updater normally runs in a fully automated mode. Updates are divided into several categories:

  • Security Updates
  • Critical updates
  • Important Updates or Recommended Updates
  • Cumulative updates

in previous versions of Windows, users could choose to run updates automatically, manually, or a variation of methods, but as of Windows 10, all updates are downloaded and applied automatically. If a reboot is required, the user can choose when to reboot. Troublesome updates are uninstalled at reboot time to prevent system failures.

Windows update for Business, used on professional versions of Windows, also adds on updates for Windows applications, such as MS Office, and makes upgrading Windows across large-scale business networks easier to manage.

Upgrade your current Operating System

Migrating to a new version of Windows takes a bit of planning, especially if you plan on doing it yourself. There are basically three approaches:

  • Wipe-and-load: Backup the data on your computer, wipe your hide drive completely, install the latest version of Windows, then restore your backup.
  • Run an in-place upgrade: this automates the migration of user data, settings, applications, and drivers from your old version of Windows to the latest version.
  • Dynamic provisioning: this allows your IT department, if you have one, to configure new Windows computers onto the domain without having to re-image those devices.

This is where TechPoint can help. We can help guide you through the planning and upgrade process to Windows 10 or beyond, and make it much easier on your business and your budget. We can help to migrate your operating system and programs from older versions of Windows to the newer Windows platforms however, not many older systems will be able to run the very latest versions of Windows, in which case, you’ll need to upgrade your hardware.

  • Get a new PC: If your current computer cannot run the the latest version of Windows, its time to shop for a new one. Be sure to contact us for a great selection of new PC’s that fit your budget. They’re more powerful, lightweight, and stylish than ever before with an average price point that’s considerably less expensive than the average computer was 10 years ago.

What is your business Operating Systems succession plan?

As a Microsoft Business Partner with friendly and knowledgeable technicians, TechPoint has the expertise and the resources to assist your business migration or upgrade from legacy versions of Windows to current versions. TechPoint’s valued partners include Industry leaders like Lenovo, Dell and HP, bringing you attractive options for your new PC’s.

Do you need help or advice securing your systems?

Call TechPoint today to discuss at: 1-888-801-1777, email us at sales@tech-point.ca, or use the form on this page to contact us.

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