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Upgrading is the process of replacing an older thing with a newer thing. Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Logo en:Wiktionary Wiktionary is a sister project to Wikipedia intended to be a free wiki dictionary (including thesaurus and lexicon) in every language. ...

The term is most often used in computing - replacing an older system with more recent hardware or software in order to bring the system up to date. Common hardware upgrades include additional RAM, larger hard disks, and improved graphics cards, although many other upgrades are often possible as well. When upgrading hardware, make sure the new hardware is compatible with the existing hardware. Originally, the word computing was synonymous with counting and calculating, and a science that deals with the original sense of computing mathematical calculations. ... Hardware is equipment such as fasteners, keys, locks, hinges, latches, corners, handles, wire, chains, plumbing supplies, tools, utensils, cutlery and machine parts, especially when they are made of metal. ... Computer software (or simply software) refers to one or more computer programs and data held in the storage of a computer for some purpose. ... Random access memory (sometimes random-access memory), commonly known by its acronym RAM, is a type of computer storage (in practice only computer chips) whose contents can be accessed in any (i. ... Typical hard drives of the mid-1990s. ... A GeForce 4 4200-based graphics card A graphics card or video card is a component of a computer which is designed to convert a logical representation of an image stored in memory to a signal that can be used as input for a display medium, most often a monitor...


A system that can have Patches applied to it which tweak settings and code rather than having to provide a totally new version make a system highly upgradeable.

Software upgrades are often downloaded from the internet. Often the download is a patch - it does not contain the new version of the software in its entirety, just the changes that need to be made. Software patches usually aim to improve functionality or solve problems with security. Rushed patches have been known to cause more harm then good and are therefore sometimes regarded with skepticism for a short time after release. In computing, a patch is a software update meant to fix problems with a computer program. ... In computer software a security vulnerability is a software bug that can be used deliberately to violate security. ...

A software upgrade can be major or minor and the release version is increased accordingly. Generally, a version is a checkpoint at which a particular thing or idea varies from its previous state or condition. ...

In fiction upgrades are often portrayed as being evil, distributed by tyrannical rulers to control people, as in the movie Robots (movie) and the recent Doctor Who episode The Long Game. In the science-fiction movie The Matrix Reloaded, Neo engages in hand-to-hand combat with a few Agents (sentient computer programs) and then makes a comment about their upgrades, thus implying that code changes had rendered the new version of Agents better fighters. Promotional poster for Robots Robots is a computer-animated movie released March 11, 2005. ... Main article: History of Doctor Who Doctor Who first appeared on BBC television at 5:15 p. ... The Long Game is an episode in the British science fiction television series Doctor Who that was first broadcast on May 7, 2005. ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ...

A competitive upgrade is an offer to the owner of an existing product from a company different than the one that created the original product. Typically the offer is for a newer version of a similar product that provides more functionalty, often at a lower price than the original.

A sidegrade is an offer to the owner of an existing product from the same company that created it, typically to get the customer to move to a newer, more expensive product and not purchase a similar product from a competitor.

There are many disadvantages of upgrading software: 1.Your computer may not be compatable to new software 2.There may be new functions on upgraded software and existing documents etc might not be able to run on the upgrade. 3.If a business upgrades it may cost the company lots of money to pay for retraining of staff

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UPGRADE: The European Journal for the Informatics Professional (176 words)
UPGRADE: The European Journal for the Informatics Professional
UPGRADE is published, on behalf of CEPIS (Council of European Professional Informatics Societies), by
UPGRADE was founded in October 2000 by CEPIS, in cooperation with Novática and Informatik/Informatique, bimonthly journal of SVI/FSI (Swiss Federation of Professional Informatics Societies) that ceased publication in April 2002.
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