Warning : Windows Updates – Back up before you update

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Gone are the days of using the same unchanging operating system for years. Windows 10 is getting a significant upgrade every six months, and those updates break things. Even Apple keeps messing up with iPhone updates.

More Updates, More Problems

Microsoft pulled Windows 10’s October 2018 Update because it deleted some people’s personal files, but that’s just the latest and most prominent issue—previous updates caused problems, too. For example, the Anniversary Update broke millions of webcams before a patch was released a month later. The Anniversary Update also caused some PCs to blue screen when a Kindle device was connected.

We’ve seen many smaller reports of hardware-specific problems after installing a major Windows 10 update, too.

Apple is struggling with update bugs, too. The iOS 11.1 update wouldn’t let some iPhone users type “I.” The iOS 9.0 update led to many people getting stuck on “Slide to Upgrade.” The iOS 8.0.1 update broke cellular connectivity and Touch ID for many people, so Apple had to pull it.

On Google’s Pixel smartphones, Android updates have made the phone unlock and chargemore slowly. Everyone is struggling.

Why Is This Happening?

Gone are the days of using Windows XP Service Pack 2 for four or five years. Companies want to cram their operating systems full of new features and such on a continual basis. They’re inspired by websites and other cloud services that can quickly change things and add new features.

But operating systems are still complex. They’re not just websites—they interface with your device hardware and software. Windows PCs have a wide variety of different hardware devices and low-level software. They aren’t like phones, and problems are more likely to occur when updating them. But, even Apple, a company that only has a handful of iPhones to update, can’t avoid the bugs.

For better or worse—and it is worse, in many ways—that’s the world we live in now.

It’s also worth noting that this isn’t a new phenomenon. System administrators used to say people should “wait until service pack 2” before installing a new Microsoft operating system. Now, a new Microsoft operating system is being released every six months.

What Should You Do?

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We don’t recommend you avoid updates completely. Security updates are important to keep you safe.

However, we do recommend some caution before installing updates. When a new Windows 10 Update is released, don’t immediately head to Windows Update and click “Check for Updates” to install it. You’re just skipping to the front of the update queue. Wait a week or two and see if there’s a major problem reported first. If you have Windows 10 Professional, consider deferring updates for a few weeks to prevent Windows from automatically installing them.

When Apple releases a new iPhone, iPad, or Mac operating system, wait a few days before installing it. Let other people discover the new bugs. Skip the part where you have to manually downgrade your phone via iTunes or restore your Mac from Time Machine.

The same goes for Android updates. When Google is slowly rolling out an update over a few weeks, let Google do its thing. Don’t skip to the front of the update queue.

Back Up Your Stuff !!!

The October 2018 Update deleting files is a great reminder that you need to back up your files. Whatever device you’re using, you need good, recent backups just in case an update goes horribly wrong.

An operating system update isn’t the only thing that could cause a problem, either. A normal software update could go haywire, you could get infected with malware, a power surge could take out your gear, your home or office could go up in flames, or your hardware could just die. Have good backups, and you won’t worry about it. Whether you’re using Windows, Mac, or Linux, back up your stuff!

This is less critical on mobile devices, of course. Apple’s iPhone backs up to iCloud by default, and Android backs up to Google’s servers. You’re likely using a bunch of services and apps that sync to the cloud, anyway. But, if you’re concerned, you can make a complete local backup of your iPhone or iPad through iTunes before updating.

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