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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by DrillSgt on Thu 12th Jan 2006 15:55 UTC
DrillSgt
Member since:
2005-12-02

The easiest way to fix this is to not use that option. Personally I never let anything get downloaded to any machines I admin unless I tell it to download it. The best setting for this is the one below the one in question, which is to "Notify me but don't automatically download or install them." No problems here with any machines. I agree this may be an issue for those with the settings in the article, but nothing new as this happened to me awhile back with other updates, so I switched to the next option down. From an administrative view anyway, all patching should be done manually at all times, and NEVER left to a 3rd party, which in this case is Microsoft. Though my Linux machines have the same options running Suse, as I can set it for a fully automatic update, but then I effectively lose control over what software is installed on the machine. Just IMHO of course.

Edited 2006-01-12 15:57

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RE: Settings
by Googlesaurus on Thu 12th Jan 2006 16:50 in reply to "Settings"
Googlesaurus Member since:
2005-10-19

"The easiest way to fix this is to not use that option. Personally I never let anything get downloaded to any machines I admin unless I tell it to download it."

Common sense is a very powerful thing.

I'm still laughing at the so called "admin" who claimed his server rebooted as a result of this.

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RE[2]: Settings
by raver31 on Fri 13th Jan 2006 06:46 in reply to "RE: Settings"
raver31 Member since:
2005-07-06

I am still laughing at people like you, who blindly defend Microsoft no matter what wrong-doings they do.

What's next ?

Next weeks patch against WMF, (and there probably will be one), will auto-install on your PC, reboot the PC without your consent, send a listing of all the files in My Documents. Then every week report back to Microsoft telling which files were added/changed/deleted.

BUT

people like you will say " Microsoft fixed my PC, they are the greatest, why can linux not do this" etc etc etc

same old story from the same old sheep.

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