Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 14th Sep 2007 14:02 UTC, submitted by tux68
Windows Microsoft has begun patching files on Windows XP and Vista without users' knowledge, even when the users have turned off auto-updates. Many companies require testing of patches before they are widely installed, and businesses in this situation are objecting to the stealth patching. "Normal behaviour," according to Microsoft.
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Hmm...
by dylansmrjones on Fri 14th Sep 2007 14:13 UTC
dylansmrjones
Member since:
2005-10-02

As far as I can tell there is very little to this story.

Automatic updates to WU only happens if one of the following are true:

* You have notifications turned on,
* You have automatic download turned on,

OR

* You have automatic installation turned on.

If Windows Update is turned off on your system Windows Update will not be automatically updated. It will however be updated (if necessary) when running Windows Update manually.

Microsoft should of course not install updates to WU automatically unless configured so. It should notify users of updates to Windows Update, and letting the user know that further notifications would not be received until WU had been updated.

EDIT: Forgot an "on". And fixed spelling error in "Forget" --> "Forgot".

Edited 2007-09-14 14:14 UTC

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RE: Hmm...
by hughesjr on Fri 14th Sep 2007 17:36 in reply to "Hmm..."
hughesjr Member since:
2006-10-29

UNTRUE ...

Windows Update updates itself (9 files on your machine) REGARDLESS of the setting of Windows Update.

You set your Windows Update to "Never Update" ... it still connects to Microsoft and performs the update.

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RE[2]: Hmm...
by dylansmrjones on Fri 14th Sep 2007 17:48 in reply to "RE: Hmm..."
dylansmrjones Member since:
2005-10-02

Do you have any evidence or at least sources for that claim?

It runs counter to the explanation from Microsoft (and the complaints) and it runs counter to my experiences with Windows 2003 Server.

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RE: Hmm...
by anomie on Fri 14th Sep 2007 19:27 in reply to "Hmm..."
anomie Member since:
2007-02-26

You said:
Microsoft should of course not install updates to WU automatically unless configured so. It should notify users of updates to Windows Update...

That's the whole point of the article that you found "very little to".

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RE[2]: Hmm...
by dylansmrjones on Fri 14th Sep 2007 22:58 in reply to "RE: Hmm..."
dylansmrjones Member since:
2005-10-02

No. That's the core of the problem. The core of the article was that Microsoft was invading your privacy and modifying the entire OS by installing all kind of updates without your consent.

Remove the sensationalism of the article and you would have had a good story. As it stands now it is just obnoxious second rate "journalism".

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