There are some consideration to make before purchasing any computer software utility. Below is a list of considerations to make when buying any utility for your computer.

  • Documentation
    Documentation is an important consideration when looking at a utility program that you may be unfamiliar with. While many utilities such as a virus protection program may only require very little documentation, other utilities such as backup software or other involved software may require more documentation because of the complexity and available options provided by that software.
  • Hardware
    When purchasing a program that relies or requires hardware, such as a backup utility, ensure that you meet the hardware requirements or your hardware is compatible with the software. For example, not all backup utilities are compatible with all backup tape drives.
  • Operating System
    Utilities such as a virus protection program or crash protection utility are very dependent on the operating system. If you have Windows 10 or 11, make sure you purchase a program that is designed for Windows 10 or 11. If a program is purchased that is not designed for the operating system you are using, you may experience problems unless updates are available.
  • Support
    Verify that the developer of the software utility you are purchasing from has the needed support. Complex utilities such as a tape backup software may require help from a support staff.
  • Updates
    Many utilities require updates; before installing or running the utility on your computer, ensure that all updates have been obtained from the software developer first to prevent possible corruption or data loss.
  • Warranty
    While not all companies provide this option, see if the company provides any warranty program if software is to become lost, corrupted or bad because of the utility being run.