This is a copy of an email I just sent to our internal tech support person at our company. I thought it might make an interesting short post, because what should be a no-brainer, upgrading my system, isn’t really. Here’s the email:
My Vista system is urging me to allow it to upgrade to SP1, but when I click through the details it wants me to back everything up, and warns me that if it screws me up it doesn’t give a damn, it wasn’t its fault. Do I trust it? Should I let it do SP1 on a perfectly good system? What should I back up first?
I might be too sensitive because last month an overnight nobody-asked-me upgrade of the Windows XP system on my tablet computer killed my system. We had to reformat it, losing all the data (it was pretty backed up, so no big deal … but still!). On the other hand, I think it’s remarkable that I have what I’m calling "a reasonable doubt" about upgrading the operating system.
"If it ain't broke don't fix it". You should be very concerned about upgrading the very CORE of your computer. It's a big deal! Especially if you conduct business with your personal computer, downtime can cost money. Much thought should be put into every operating system upgrade whether it be Windows, Mac OS X, or Linux.