Have you ever updated your computer or cell phone only to discover that the new and improved software isn’t what you expected? Windows XP has been successfully phased out after a long battle with XP users to keep it alive. When Windows vista arrived on the scene to replace XP, the average computer user said, “We don’t want it!”. Windows XP users were forced to update.
The XP replacement, Vista did not have a very successful lifespan. Most businesses waited for Windows 7 but Windows 7 is in the process of being phased out. Windows 8 was supposed to be a big improvement to the Windows operating system but it is also another “we don’t want it” product. The current strategy by XP customers is to wait for Windows 10 or migrate to Windows 7. I’ll bet that you are wondering what happened to Windows 9. There was no Windows 9.
The geniuses at Microsoft determined that Windows 9 was not a good product name. The name Windows 9 seems logical to the average person but Microsoft must know something that we don’t.
Do you always update when Microsoft releases a new update? A better strategy might be to wait and let others troubleshoot updates. Wisdom years ago used to be to never buy a car during its first model year. Wait a few years for the manufacturers to work out the bugs. It might be prudent to have the same ideas about software.
It never fails. Just when you get used to a change that was made to your computer, you are forced to accept another update. Why does updating have to be so difficult? One has to wonder if changing the “look and feel” of programs is required to make people think that they are getting an improved program. Vista was definitely not an improved operating system. Windows 8 may not be as bad as everyone says but it is definitely NOT what people want.
Even Windows updates that happen behind the scenes have not always been a smooth process. There have been updates that caused systems to fail. It doesn’t give computer users a feeling that software and program developers are listening to their customers. Sometimes it seems that the software engineers are just doing what they want. It doesn’t matter what the customer thinks.
Consider checking the updates before they are automatically installed on your system. Don’t just accept an update. You might not need to subject yourself or your computer to the confusion or an update that may cause things to break.
“If it aint broke, don’t fix it.” Unless there is a specific threat to XP identified that will cause failures, don’t worry about it!