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unit 29: installing and
upgrading software


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1.0 Task 1. 3

1.1 Describe the potential
prompts that initiate the installation of new or upgraded software. 3

1.1.1 Problems with
existing systems. 3

1.1.2. 3

1.1.3. 3

1.1.4. 3

1.1.5. 3

1.2 Explain the advantages
and disadvantages of installing and upgrading software. 4

2.0 Task 2. 4

2.1 Justify to the
managers why upgrading their anti-virus software would be advisable. 4

3.0 Task 3. 5

3.1 Describe the potential
risks of installing or upgrading software. 5

3.1.2. 5

3.1.2. 5

3.1.2. 5

3.2 Evaluate the potential
risks of installing and upgrading software and explain how the risks could be
minimised   6

6.0 References. 7

7.0 Bibliography. 8

Appendices. 9

Appendix I 9

Appendix II 9





1.0 Task 1


1.1 Describe the potential prompts
that initiate the installation of new or upgraded software



If your
system has bugs in the previous versions- this can
be a major problem when working with old machines or software as it goes on and
installs updates it can start to corrupt and gather bugs while doing many
tedious updates for each individual version a solution to that would be to
uninstall the software altogether and re install it to the latest version all
in one go. That can also help to clear up space as it could have been
compressed for a larger update than adding lots of smaller ones.


Or if it is
out dated- an outdated system or piece of software that needs an
update or it will continue to decrease in speed and durability as it will not
allow you to do as much as you previously were before the update was required.


If your
system is slow- you can do many things for a slow system such as
defragging your machine or having a full system clean out and then a reboot
this will help the efficiency of the defragging tool to get rid of all of the


Or if you
have ignored all of the previous updates and a larger full system one is now
needed- this isn’t just as bad as the other points as it lets
the next version to be better and let the bugs from the previous one be sorted
out but it means you may have to deal with a slow buggy version for a while
until there is a refined version that runs smoothly.


Also when
your software is needing an update but your system can’t handle it you may need
to upgrade or update your system- this is a main cause when
you have been putting off getting a new machine for many reasons like you could
think it is a waste of money etc… But if you are needing it for work or
education then you need to have a system that can support you software and the
basic specs to meet your requirements.


Policies- all organizations and companies are able to control
what software is able to be downloaded and what is not. No companies would
allow their staff to download any random software that they find online or
elsewhere as it may be illegal or even have viruses that would harm the
company. If the installs or upgrades are needed it will be planned and carried
out in a controlled manner like over a holiday when the machines aren’t in use
to save any mishaps, there is also a backup of all of the data saved elsewhere
if there is an error when installing or if it doesn’t work as it’s supposed to
minimize risk to the company.

1.2 Explain the advantages and
disadvantages of installing and upgrading software


Most machine will need an install of a
newer version of software or an upgrade at some point during their time in use,
whether it be just upgrading a relatively new machine up to the newest version
of software or operating system, or if you are a company who have machines from
before 2008 doing a full install and upgrade of hardware as well as software.
There will always be advantages and disadvantages to doing this here are a few.


Probably the main advantage
when you upgrade anything to the newest version is that it will be
exponentially faster than the previous, at opening applications, surfing the
web and just the general performance. Another helpful result of upgrading is
that I will fix any of the previous bugs and stop errors, faults and crashes
with the computer by installing a patch in the new version as well as some new
features. The addition of new features can lead to an increase in productivity
like short cuts for popularly used things to save time when working on a
project. Improved security, additional software can be added to your computer
through upgrading to increase the security of your device.  It is always important that your company keeps
their computers safe and up to date with the antivirus software. Keeping these
updated can stop the viruses from catching onto the computer, preventing hackers from getting into companies computers, a
company must get a firewall so they don’t catch a virus from a website and
close all unused ports, so they don’t leave any gaps for the hackers to get in.
By installing new software you might be able
of getting a new hardware installed onto your computer. Some software
communicates with hardware with the help of System Resources like input/outputs



You may have to pay for the
updates and upgrades although it may be worth it if it is necessary for your
business. It would be smarter to get recommendations and do some research on
which would be best to either upgrade at all or even find a better version to
update to. To make sure the software is working properly and there are patches
in case something goes wrong. The main disadvantage when you are updating or
upgrading is that you might get bugs while it’s going through the process of
installation which may not let you from using some of your old files, or you
won’t be able to access things that were once useful. For example an iTunes
update sopped some users from uploading things from their iPod so some users
just dropped iTunes altogether. It5 may take a considerable amount of time
trying to relearn some parts of the software, because either the familiar tools
have been moved or the tasks set may not be completed as quickly. This way you
lose valuable time trying to learn it all over again which could stop the
company from working for a while. A training course for workers to relearn the
software may be very costly for the department.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

2.0 Task 2

2.1 Justify to the managers why
upgrading their anti-virus software would be advisable.





3.0 Task 3


See notes & page xxx of e-book.

3.1 Describe the potential risks
of installing or upgrading software.



When installing or upgrading software on a
computer system you can experience a potential loss of service and will most
likely come across computer down-time. This is when a computer becomes inactive
caused by the software being installed and its using up most of the resources
of the computer for it to install. This is important as it can take a very long
time to install, and this could lead to a disruption of work if a business is
installing the software for example if the business were upgrading the
operating system on the server, it will mean that any network resources and
internet connection will be unavailable until the installation is complete.


When installing software on your computer
there can be some incompatibility issues and you should always check if the
computer and the software is compatible with one another. If they are not
compatible and it installs then you may experience some serious technical
issues with the software running on the computer i.e. the screen may turn
black, consistent crashing, may delete other files from another program and it
could even put your computer at risk of breaking down, or it could not even
install in the first place. An example would be if you were to install Linux on
a windows computer without backing up your files then all of your files from
windows will be deleted and you won’t be able to restore them.


There can be many stability issues when you
install or upgrade to new software, if a new piece of software is installed or
an existing one is updated then the software may be more demanding on the
system, as it might not be greatly optimized. This will cause the system
freezing, crashing and lagging. This causes a near impossible work environment,
as it will greatly increase timings on tasks. Unfortunately, the only way to
get around this is to wait for a more optimized update, or to find different software.






3.2 Evaluate the potential risks
of installing and upgrading software and explain how the risks could be


See notes & page xxx of e-book.




6.0 References


Put in alphabetical


7.0 Bibliography


Put in alphabetical





Appendix I



Appendix II

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