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Why update?

General software updates for operating systems like Mac OS, Windows OS and Linux OS fix problems in the code that can be exploited by bad guys. Other software needs patching too, things like your browser (Firefox,Internet Explorer, Chrome, Opera, Safari), Adobe Reader, Java, Silverlight, .net, virus killers, Office … if you’re running it, it probably needs updates at some point.

None of operating systems listed here are without code issues. The question is who finds it first — hackers or the company releasing the bad guy blocking patches.

Older operating systems get sidelined; if you’re lucky, they’ll have emergency updates but in most cases, the folks that make the OS just stop supporting older systems.

In general, Apple runs shot cycles: users of OS 10.5 are out of luck with updates with the release of OS 10.8. OS 10.6 will be left out as soon as the next OS comes out. (They do not tell you that on their website but look it up in their forums.)

Here are a few standard life expectancies for common operating systems.

Get in touch if you need help keeping your OS leak free and up to date.

After you’ve upgraded from XP or Vista to Windows 7 or transferred your data to a Windows 7 machine, you may find yourself in a bit of a folder mess.

The culprit? Junction points.

If you have changed the folder settings to “Show all hidden files and folders” you’ll see a lot of shortcuts. For example, you’ll see “My Documents and Settings” but try clicking. Access denied. Oops. That’s the result of clicking a junction point.

Documents and Settings have been replaced with Users. Each user has Documents, Pictures and more, all at the same level, all with the same rights. It’s no longer My Pictures, My Documents… your paths are new school now.

Old school path: C:\Documents and Settings\User Name\My Documents
New school path (Vista and later) :  C:\Users\User Name\Documents

Junction points first showed up in in Windows 2000. They provide backwards compatibility for older programs that are unaware of the new folder structure in Windows Vista. A program that is hard coded to install files in the old Documents and Settings folder uses the junction point to redirect the program to the new location in the User folder. Those shortcuts — or junction points — weren’t meant to be used by you, they’re little detour signs for data.

Want to know more about junction points? Here’s a good read on the Microsoft forums. Still having trouble with the aftermath of an upgrade? Get in touch.