Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 15th May 2017 23:08 UTC

Troy Hunt hits some nails on their heads:

If you had any version of Windows since Vista running the default Windows Update, you would have had the critical Microsoft Security Bulletin known as "MS17-010" pushed down to your PC and automatically installed. Without doing a thing, when WannaCry came along almost 2 months later, the machine was protected because the exploit it targeted had already been patched. It's because of this essential protection provided by automatic updates that those advocating for disabling the process are being labelled the IT equivalents of anti-vaxxers and whilst I don't fully agree with real world analogies like this, you can certainly see where they're coming from. As with vaccinations, patches protect the host from nasty things that the vast majority of people simply don't understand.

Great article, which also goes into Windows Update itself for a bit.

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by oiaohm on Thu 18th May 2017 21:41 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Everyone in this thread..."
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My experience with the Windows updates has been pretty much positive. They will have to screw it up a lot to exceed the annoyance back in the day of upgrading from Debian woody to sarge, which took me four hours to fix and which I will remember forever. And when I rebuilt that server I went with Redhat/Fedora. Debian, bah.

As soon as a line starts with My experience stop.

Why because some people running Windows 10 some have had the wrong combination of hardware and had worst fault woody to sarge. Windows 10 wrong hardware and update system resulted not booting even into safe mode. woody to sarge update. I had 4 debian running machines at the woody to sarge event 3 made it ok 1 had trouble. So it was luck of the draw if the woody/sarge issue effected you exactly like Windows 10 update issues.

Please note having to go back to 2005 when sarge release was is before debian introduces
That has lowered the distribution upgrade faults down massively. This is something Ubuntu has not implemented and I would question how complete Microsoft automated patch testing is.

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