Updating Microsoft Windows (and Blaming Microsoft)

Note: This blog weas originally posted on my web site on April 20, 2009. Since it is a bit of old news, I’ve decided to disable comments.

I see quite often someone having enough to do with Windows because something got buggered up on their system after installing an update. It happens sometime after the second Tuesday of the month. Why second Tuesday of the month (in case you didn’t figure it out)? Well, because that is when the latest security updates come out.

I was going through a blogger’s page specifically on problems that people had while installing service pack 3 for Windows XP. I think the majority of the people and jumped the gun and blamed Microsoft for their computer’s constant rebooting. If the three main issues, all three actually were not Microsoft fault. In one case, system manufacturers were warned years ago to have separate hard disk images for Intel and AMD processors but Hewlett-Packard (and to lesser extent a few others) ignored. It was HP who had to fix the problem. In a second case (while it took forever) a computer board manufacturer had to release an update to the board to correct the situation. It occurred just with one model. You get the idea.

Back to updates and other issues. You know this situation: Someone buys a clunker of a used car and doesn’t bother with any maintenance. Over a period of time the car’s performance degrades until it just won’t start (or whatever). What does this remind you of? Yes. A computer system. You install software and then remove software (but almost every application leaves behind junk or shared code). Or you may install software and just delete the program’s files. Or maybe you had a virus that you thought was cleaned. In any case, the system is never the same. Every system is unique.

In another example, after having Windows installed for a year or so, if you put back a fresh copy of Windows on your system, you will see how speedy it is. All that junk left behind isn’t loaded (of course as soon as you add some anti-virus software or anti-malware software, the speed does drop).

See how much disk space is left on your system. Install Microsoft Office 2003 (or any larger application). Remove the application. You will end up with less disk space than you began with.

But the primary reason for failures after updates or major updates (such as a service pack) is because of what users do to their systems. While you can blame Microsoft for some of the mess, every system is unique.

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