Do You Upgrade Your System Software Right Away?

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System upgrades can be exciting, but they can also be frustrating. They can offer you many new goodies, yet they can also take away a feature that was much beloved or change something just enough so that it no longer works.

This leads to a question of whether you should upgrade as soon as it’s available or whether you should wait until all the kinks are worked out. Do you upgrade your system software right away?

Our Opinion

Alex plays it smart and has a machine set aside for immediate updates, yet he typically waits to upgrade his production machine until the “first point update.”

Sayak keeps Microsoft’s forced updates disabled, yet they “constantly pester you to update at their pace, not yours. Bugs and all, you’re welcome.” He had trouble with the version 1903 update for Windows 10 and suggests they’re probably the only software company that expects users to have to deal with their rookie mistakes. He believes their take on the famous adage must be, “If it is broke, we totally expect you to fix it.”

Phil reports that he tends to update iOS and Linux devices immediately and that they’re safe. But with Windows, he only updates every once in a while. He waits forever with macOS since he upgraded a couple of revisions back and lost everything. He didn’t have a working computer for the better part of a week. It used to be really smooth and trouble-free; he doesn’t know what’s changed.

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Andrew explains that if he’s prompted to update and is not actively using his computer, he’ll generally do it. He hasn’t had enough bad experiences with updates to be wary of new updates, and his files are backed up anyway, so he doesn’t worry about it for the most part.

Damien is always looking forward to an upgrade for his Android phone, as it means more features or more security patches. For his Windows machine, he really hates to upgrade, as it forces him to restart. And when he has to shut it down, it shows the message that says, “Hang on, we are upgrading your system,” which he finds very annoying. “System upgrades are generally fine, but Microsoft can always find a way to screw it up.”

I find updates really exciting, so I generally do it right away. I haven’t really ever been bitten by that. And I also take a chance and do public betas on iOS, even though it’s on my main devices. Especially that first version of an update. It’s exciting to me! Outside of public betas, I still upgrade right away, knowing that it’s important to upgrade to keep up with security upgrades.

Your Opinion

It seems that those who have been bitten by upgrading right away are more careful and tend to wait, while those who haven’t been bitten go ahead and take the chance, upgrading right away. What do you do? Do you upgrade your system software right away? Tell us in a comment below.

Laura Tucker Laura Tucker

Laura has spent nearly 20 years writing news, reviews, and op-eds, with more than 10 of those years as an editor as well. She has exclusively used Apple products for the past three decades. In addition to writing and editing at MTE, she also runs the site's sponsored review program.


  1. Since I do not use Windows, I do not have to agonize whether or not to update. In all my years of using Linux, I have not had an update/upgrade bork my computer. I use a rolling release distro so i check for updates every morning and apply them when any are available.

  2. It depends upon the OS.

    At work we are using Windows 7 and 10. Any updates are pushed by corporate IT but they delay implementation until they’ve tested the update(s) to ensure there aren’t any major “got’cha’s”. So far we haven’t had any major issues. There have been a few minor problems following updates, but so far no show-stoppers that I am aware of.

    My mother’s Windows 7 machine has auto-update turned off and I wait until I’ve seen feedback about the latest updates before I allow her machine to update. I also run a full backup and generate an ISO image of her drive before any update in case I need to restore her machine. (That’s saved me on more than a few occasions when the update ended up causing all kinds of havoc.)

    At home I run Linux on my machines and have had no issues with allowing immediate OS updates. I’ve never had any issues with Linux in that regard.

  3. As a Linux user I have no problem upgrading or updating. Such problems vanished when I abandoned Windows 10.

  4. I’m using a Linux rolling release based on Arch which offers new versions almost as soon as they become available. I upgrade immediately and have never had any trouble.
    On my iPad I do public releases without issues.

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