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What Is the Difference Between a Software Upgrade and a Software Update?

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Question: What Is the Difference Between a Software Upgrade and a Software Update?
Update, upgrade, which do you choose? What is the difference anyway?
Answer: A software update provides bug fixes for features that aren't working quite right and minor software enhancements, and sometimes include new drivers to support printers or DVD drives. A software update is sometimes called a patch because it is installed over software you're already using and it isn't a full software package installation. Updates are free.

A software upgrade is a purchase of a newer version of software you currently use. There's usually a cost for a software upgrade, although you can often upgrade at a reduced price or get a freebie if you just recently bought and registered your software.

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