Upgrade refers to the replacement of a product with a newer version of the same product. - replace (a software program) with a more recently released, enhanced version. - replace (a hardware device) with one that provides better performance.

Upgrade refers to the replacement of a product with a newer version of the same product.

  • replace (a software program) with a more recently released, enhanced version.
  • replace (a hardware device) with one that provides better performance.

Benefits

Generally meaning a replacement of hardware, software or firmware with a newer or better version, in order to bring the system up to date or to improve its characteristic and performance

Risks

Upgrades of hardware involve a risk that new hardware will not be compatible with other pieces of hardware in a system or drivers, conversely, there is the same risk of non-compatibility when software is upgraded for previously functioning hardware to no longer function.

Upgrades of software introduce the risk of bugs and incompatibility with other software that communicates with it.