Linked by Eugenia Loli on Thu 12th Jan 2006 07:36 UTC, submitted by Resolution
Bugs & Viruses Users of Windows who have set the Automatic Updates option to "Download updates for me, but let me choose when to install them" were surprised to find that the latest WMF patch had overridden these settings and not only installed the patch, but rebooted the machines as well.
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Re: Rumor
by shardservant on Thu 12th Jan 2006 10:11 UTC
shardservant
Member since:
2006-01-12

Good morning,

I am sorry to say that this is not a rumor.

Started downloading some ISO images and went to bed.

In the morning, I found the PC rebooted due to the patch install.

Not amused

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RE: Re: Rumor
by mmebane on Thu 12th Jan 2006 13:25 in reply to "Re: Rumor"
mmebane Member since:
2005-07-06

Did it to me too. I have Windows set to tell me when updates are available. It told me of the WMF update, I ignored it for a few hours, then it installed it without permission. Every 15 minutes or so it would pop up a box telling me it would reboot in 5 minutes unless I clicked cancel. After doing that a few times, I put the laptop to in standby, and came back a few hours later to find that Windows had apparantly woken it up, rebooted, and gone back to sleep.

Finally, when I woke it up and logged in, it told me that there had been an important security updated that required these drastic measures.

Look, MS, I'm a smart user, I'm behind a NAT, AND I run a software firewall. I've let my desktop go unpatched for months without getting hacked. When I say I don't what updates being done behind my back, I mean it.

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RE[2]: Re: Rumor
by Celerate on Fri 13th Jan 2006 01:27 in reply to "RE: Re: Rumor"
Celerate Member since:
2005-06-29

I have NEVER heard of the OS pulling a laptop or any computer out of standby, if Windows did anything it would have to have been before or after, and it's possible that it was just subtle enough for you not to notice.

When a computer is in standby there shouldn't be any OS code still running in the processor. I'd say there is none at all but that'd be a gamble since I'm not entirely sure.

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RE: Re: Rumor
by mmebane on Thu 12th Jan 2006 13:26 in reply to "Re: Rumor"
mmebane Member since:
2005-07-06

Did it to me too. I have Windows set to tell me when updates are available. It told me of the WMF update, I ignored it for a few hours, then it installed it without permission. Every 15 minutes or so it would pop up a box telling me it would reboot in 5 minutes unless I clicked cancel. After doing that a few times, I put the laptop to in standby, and came back a few hours later to find that Windows had apparantly woken it up, rebooted, and gone back to sleep.

Finally, when I woke it up and logged in, it told me that there had been an important security updated that required these drastic measures.

Look, MS, I'm a smart user, I'm behind a NAT, AND I run a software firewall. I've let my desktop go unpatched for months without getting hacked. When I say I don't what updates being done behind my back, I mean it.

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RE[2]: Re: Rumor
by mmebane on Thu 12th Jan 2006 13:26 in reply to "RE: Re: Rumor"
mmebane Member since:
2005-07-06

Now that's bizzarre. I've never had a double-post happen to me here before.

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RE: Re: Rumor
by morglum666 on Thu 12th Jan 2006 15:00 in reply to "Re: Rumor"
morglum666 Member since:
2005-07-06

Yes.. I had this happen as well. Was not happy.

1) "Would you like to restart or delay ?"
- Clicked delay

3-5 mins or so passes.

2) "Would you like to restart or delay ?"
- Clicked delay

3) "Would you like to restart or delay ?"
- Clicked delay

5 minutes later, while I was still in a game, it boots me out and reboots. nice huh?

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RE[2]: Re: Rumor
by Aussie_Bear on Thu 12th Jan 2006 15:44 in reply to "RE: Re: Rumor"
Aussie_Bear Member since:
2006-01-12

That's terrible.

There should be like a message saying, something like:

"A very critical security patch has been installed on
your system. You will need to restart your system for
this patch to take effect. Please save your work first,
and then click OK."

(How hard is it to write a dialog like that? It takes
you less than 5 minutes)

There shouldn't be any of this automatic restart
nonsense.

The point of software is to still have the user
controling the system. You do not trust a system
that does things by itself when you tell it not to
do things...Its a fundamental thing.

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