Patches, We Don’t Need No Stink’n Patches

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Computer Related Article
By: Will Claney

How to Master Pesky Patches

Do you know how to control the software patches, upgrades, updates and new features shoved at you by Microsoft and other third party vendors? Perhaps you have heard of the problems and issues created when a software upgrade fails or has hidden flaws that affect your computer. If you have experienced a bad patch you know it can be disruptive and sometimes devastating to your computer and data. Now master those pesky patches.

If you feel you’re a captive, or perhaps a casualty, of the upgrade cycle then a few tips may help you out. So, what is a patch or update? “A patch is a set of changes to a computer program or its supporting data designed to update, fix, or improve it. This includes fixing security vulnerabilities and other bugs, with such patches usually being called bug fixes, and improving the usability or performance. Although meant to fix problems, poorly designed patches can sometimes introduce new problems. In some special cases updates may knowingly break the functionality or disable a device, for instance, by removing components for which the update provider is no longer licensed,” according to Wikipedia.

Although updates are supposed to fix problems or introduce cool new features they are known to cause application issues, lose data, or brick a computer (turn a functioning computer into a pile of junk similar to a brick). One wonders sometimes if the company releasing their “update” tested it for bugs or complications on their own computers before they release it. But fear not, there is help.

We suggest altering your Windows 10 Update options. Go to Settings, then to Windows Update, choose Advanced options and make settings changes. What you want to achieve is a delay of about 30 days before installing the patch, upgrade, etc. By delaying the installation of patches one has the opportunity to research the patch and have other people test it first. If problems are reported, wait a little longer and let the software company fix the problem before you install it. This is one simple way to gain control of your patch management. If you must have the patch now, then you can override the Windows Updates options.

If you prefer to have your patches professionally managed, tested before updating your computer or simply don’t want to be bothered with installing them yourself, then contact a Managed Service Provider (MSP) for assistance. This service is about $3/month.

SolarWinds® has a Patch Manager for patching and reporting for both Microsoft and third-party applications across all of your computers and servers. The software patch management tool from SolarWinds simplifies many steps during the patching process, from research, scheduling, deployment, reporting, and more. ComputersUSA is a SolarWinds rep/partner. For additional information or inquiries call 925-672-9989.