Windows® Vista patches
Why should you know about Windows Vista Patches?
When we say patch regarding the computer related issues we are referring to a small part or piece of software or code that was written or made with intention to update or to fix the problem with software. There are patches and then there are “service packs” or "software updates" which are made with intention to fix some big problems. This is all regarding Windows Vista and other Windows versions.
Depending which patch is supposed to do what, there are following types of patches:
- Patches to fix issues
- Patches to improve system performance
- Patches to do change of software
Patches to fix issues
These patches or fixes are used when some program keeps crashing for whatever reason or allows attackers to exploit it. In this case, you need to apply patch and it's not hard to do it by following a few simple steps. Depending on which program is crashing and for what reason, you can judge the importance of applying the patch. If it is a security patch, then you should apply it immediately after finding out about it. The thing is that having a program that's not working properly can and in most cases will cause damage, sooner or later.
Patches to improve system performance
It happens from time to time that first releases of some software tend to have issues with their speed and some added functions may require longer time before they are accessed or executed. Other thing that can be lousy is graphics. Whichever the case may be the people or company that made it will send you a patch which when applied will make the program in question more sharp with colors and run much faster.
Certain programs tend to start small, with very few functions, like Internet Explorer 1 compared to Internet Explorer 8. At the beginning these programs have basic functionality and basic graphics and depending on the graphical user interface. So when a person or a company that made the first version decides to invest more into it, they issues an update patch that is actually almost an entirely new program. One example for that can be seen when comparing the Azureus to its patch that basically changed the graphical user interface and the name of the application, now it's Vuze.