My daughter upgraded her PC from 9.04 to 9.10 independently. Only hiccup it lost the Windows Network Printer however I Googled a bit and found to you needed to upgrade Samba if your Printer was on a Windows 7 PC (our case), so I went to System->Administration->Update Manager. There was a whole bunch of packages in there I selected all of them and did the update. I was then able to Find and Add the Network Printer via the Samba option.
Ubuntu seems to be bathed in clarity and elegance in comparison with Windows even the much vaunted Windows 7. I think this is because Microsoft is a large corporation, I have worked for many years for such organizations where the engineers would find their choices and suggestions overridden by non-technical managers.