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Staying on top of Updates

posted Dec 31, 2010, 5:15 AM by Patrick Worboys   [ updated Dec 31, 2010, 6:58 AM ]
To Make sure your Computer is up to date with security, updates, patches, drivers here is a few things you need to do. Will Start with the most recent systems and talk how to up date them then go backwards. But there are a few operating systems that are not eligible for receiving updates those Operating systems are Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows ME, Windows NT 4.0, WIndows 2000, slowly but some time soon Windows XP and Windows Vista will be dropped from receiving patches because the Operating System Will no longer be supported by Microsoft. On the Apple side of the table they have a unique price point when it comes to updating there Operating System OSX last time around it was only $30 for the update now that was a super deal they did for every one to make sure all Mac users were on the same Operating System and not split from OSX 10.2 to OSX 10.5.

Steps For Updating Windows Vista/ WIndows 7
  1. Open Windows Update by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button. In the search box, type Update, and then, in the list of results, click WindowsUpdate.
  2. In the left pane, click Check for updates, and then wait whileWindows looks for the latest updates for your computer.
  3. If you see a message telling you that important updates are available, or telling you to review important updates, click the message to view and select the important updates to install.
  4. In the list, click the important updates for more information. Select the check boxes for any updates that you want to install, and then click OK.
  5. Click Install updates.
    Read and accept the license terms, and then click Finish if the update requires it. Administrator permission required If you're prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.
  6. Note

    Some updates might require that you restart your computer to finish installing. Save and close all your programs before restarting to prevent data loss.

    Source: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/Install-Windows-updates


Steps For Updating OSX 10.X from 10.2 to 10.6

Getting updates immediately (Mac OS X v10.3 or later)

  1. From the Apple () menu, choose Software Update.

    Apple menu
    Apple menu in Mac OS X 10.5 and later

  2. Software Update checks for available updates. In the Software Update window, select the items you want to install, then click Install. Usually, you should install all available updates. (Mac OS X v10.3 only: Click the Check Now button.)
  3. Enter an administrator account name and password.
  4. After installation is complete, restart the computer if required.

You can repeat these steps to see if more updates are now available. Because some software updates are prerequisites for others, you may need to repeat these steps several times to complete the software update sequence.

Note: Mac OS X v10.5 and later can automatically run Software Update checks in the background and let you know when an update is available for your computer.

Getting updates immediately (Mac OS X v10.2.8 or earlier)

  1. From the Apple () menu, choose System Preferences.
  2. From the View menu, choose Software Update.
  3. Click Update Now.
  4. In the Software Update window, select the items you want to install, then click Install.
  5. Enter an administrator account name and password.
  6. After the update is complete, restart the computer if a restart is required.

You can repeat these steps to see if more updates are now available. Because some software updates are prerequisites for others, you may need to repeat these steps several times to complete the software update sequence.

Source: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1338


Reference releases; update vs. upgrade

Mac OS X v10.1, 10.2, 10.3, 10.4, 10.5 themselves are not downloadable updates, they are reference releases, also called upgrades. This means, for example, you can't upgrade from Mac OS X v10.3 to Mac OS X v10.5 via a downloadable installer. Reference releases are available from the Apple Store online, Apple Retail Stores, andApple Authorized Distributors (AAD). This also true on Microsofts side as well when Microsoft Launches a new version of Windows you cannot download it via a downloadable installer unless it is setup install the complete operating system from the installer. Most of the time you have to go out and buy the current microsoft windows operating system.

64-Bit.
Both Microsoft Windows and Apple 10.6 Operating Systems Are now built on a 64-bit Chip set which takes advantage of up to 32 gigabytes of RAM as of right now but that could change as boards and parts get better every year.

Stay Tuned Tomorrows Tip Will be on how to update your other
Software that is not feature in Windows Update on your Windows Computer
 or Software Update on your Mac.

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