Assessment Title. Understand why software needs installing or upgrading. Verifier Name. Unit & Title. Unit 29 Installing and Upgrading Software. Unit Lecturer. General Feedback #1. General Feedback #2. General Feedback #Final. This unit gives learners the opportunity to install and upgrade software on systems. To do this they must follow processes which. D1 justify a particular installation or upgrade. P2 describe the potential risks of installing or upgrading software. M2 explain the requirements in preparing for a software.
Unit 29 - Installing and Upgrading Software Advantages and Disadvantages of upgrading to a new software. You have recently been hired as an IT consultant by a small charity that wishes to advertise itself with a website and take donations. They have asked you to look at their current computer system and advise on any new software installations or upgrades that may be necessary. You have noticed that their anti-virus software is out of date and they do not have any anti-spyware of firewall software.
You have decided to advise them that upgrading their anti-virus software to an up-to-date fully integrated Internet security suite would be advisable M1 Explain the advantages and potential disadvantage of installation or upgrade of new software Upgrades What is upgrading? Upgrading is a procedure of changing a product for a improved and newer version. Adobe Photoshop Cs6 Full Version Free Download Highly Compressed on this page.
When talking about computing, a upgrade is normally a replacement of a computer part such as software or hardware with a new and improved version, to make it faster and newer. Advantages The problem with the existing computer system that a new software installation or upgrade can be fixed. Also, there could be a bug on the computer on the hardware device, and it would help to make it run more faster and effectively.
The hardware upgrade performed is done to increase the performance of the computer. A user may upgrade or add a new device to increase the overall capacity of the computer, is capacity increase.
A user may upgrade one or more components in their computer to be able to run or use a software program. Advantages Continue The computer will be faster than before as it has been upgrade the software. All the bugs will be fixed and the appearance of the software properly working They would be new versions of the software that can be installed. It provides tools for security for example fire wall and anti virus. Disadvantages There might be some new bugs.
You have to relearn the new features. Software updates may actually be intended to stop a user from doing things that the user found helpful. Upgrading could cost some money All the saved setting could go to default settings.
The software may have a fault not enabling user to use the program that they need to use. Disadvantages Continue Installing take time and is expensive. Your processor may not support the upgrading version which might slow down your system. If may cause incompatibility issues with existing software, hardware and data files.
An example if a OS with windows and you switched to Linux there is chance that some of the software wouldn't work on Linux as it is compositional only with windows. By Rishi Kukadia Scenario.
Potential Loss Of Service When installing software on to a computer system you will always come across something called down-time which is when a computer becomes inactive due to the software being installed because the software is using the resources of the computer for it to install. This is important because it can take up quite a bit time of the business, as it takes quite long to install. It could take up over an hour, particularly if a lot of computers need to have the installation. This could lead to a disruption to the business’s work, 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. Incompatibility Issues When installing software on to a computer you should always double check if the computer and the software is compatible with one another. If they aren’t compatible then it may not install and if it does install then you will have 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 or it could put your computer at risk of breaking down.
If you were to install Linux on to a Windows computer without backing up your files then all your files from Windows will be deleted and you won’t be able to restore your files ever again. Risk Reduction It is important to identify the risks involved with any installation or upgrade and to have risk reduction measures in place.
There are three main methods for reducing risks involved; • Backups: Before making any installation attempts businesses should back up all data and software. If the installation damages the existing data and software then they will be able to replace it from the backup. If they don’t, all data will be lost and you won’t be able to get it back. • Installing At Low Risk Times: If businesses install a software during their busiest business hours it can take up important times as it will enable the user to use the computer system for a significant amount of time.
Businesses should install a software overnight as this will be easier and safer for the business to reduce any problems. • Incremental Installation: If the business are going to be installing new software on multiple computer systems, then they should only start with a few computer systems as this can reduce the risk to ensure than no problems will occur. If there is no problems then they should continue with the other computer systems. D2 When it comes to risks to an organisation whilst they are upgrading they need to be aware of these and this can affect the organisation in several different ways such as, system going down, losing profit, losing orders. However majority of businesses run 24 hours 7 days a week so it can be quite difficult to resolve. The organisation can upgrade the software whilst the system is down which will not affect the employees.
Having a risk reduction measure is very important when making any installations or upgrades, there are three types of methods for reducing any risks that are involved when installing or upgrading. The first risk reduction measure is to do backups. Before installing a new operating system or major update always make sure to backup all of your data and software. This will safeguard your work and if something goes wrong with the update then you have your backup which you can use. This is called a Roll Back which will basically roll back time to before you updated your system, this is very useful because it can help users who may not like the new update which they have installed. You can also backup your data and software in different locations just incase if this gets lost from a specific place. Also, another risk reduction measure is that you should installation something at a low risk time, meaning when you install your software you should do it at a time when there is no one on the computer. In a business when you have lots of computers and you need to install software on it you should do it when there is no workers on the computer which means that nothing will get effected and if there is any down time then you also have plenty of time of rectify the situation and get it back to normal.
Furthermore, another risk reduction measure is incremental installation, this means that if you are a business and you are going to install new software on multiple computer systems, then they should only start with a few systems as this can reduce the risk to ensure that no problems arise, if there are no problems then they should continue with the other systems. This also means that if any problems occur then it will only effect only a small amount of computers. This also means that if you are a business then you can carry on working whilst the other computer are getting fixed. If the customers do not get the service they want, this will most likely re-direct the customers to a different website and the organisation would lose a lot of money and profit whilst the other one is making more money.
If an organisation goes down they need to make sure they get it up and running as soon as possible so they don’t lose as much customers and they may tend to. This wouldn’t really affect the customers as there are loads of websites which they can access. Data loss is important and this can be a big risk, when it comes to updating a system an for example if you upgrade your system you can still get the software back or in other words re-install them but data you may not be able to get this back at all.
So for a company to be on the safe side they should keep several backups just in case if anything does happen or the data becomes corrupt. Driver problems are one of the most common causes of all sorts of trouble connected with an operating system upgrade. Just because you get through the installation process and the OS runs, that doesn’t mean things haven’t gone wrong. You may find that your sound card no longer works or that you can’t print in the new operating system.
That’s usually a driver issue. References: Information Technology Level 3 Book 2 Pages 190 – 210.