You often hear people preaching about the importance of installing operating system updates on your computer. Although this is important, what you don’t hear is that installing updates can actually cause problems. So here are a few simple steps you can follow to minimize the problems that can occur from installing updates, hot fixes, patches, and service packs on your systems.

  1. Before you do anything, make sure you have performed a complete backup of your system.
  2. Read the instructions associated with the update you are installing. Sure we are all guilty on ignoring instructions, but it’s important to know things such as what the requirements, applicability to your system, and what the results will be.
  3. If possible, perform the installation in a test environment first. This will give you a chance to see if there are any negative effects and how to remedy them.
  4. If the installation gives you an option to perform a backup in case the installation fails so you can restore certain components to their previous state, be sure to choose yes.
  5. Once the software has been installed, verify that it has done what it was supposed to do. For example, if it is designed to repair a problem, make sure the problem no longer exists.
  6. Finally, it’s recommended that any time you install new software, you document the process and the outcome.

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