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: aaaw...
by ArKay on Thu 12th Jan 2006 16:04 UTC in reply to "aaaw..."
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That's very thoughtless. It shouldn't reboot WITHOUT PERMISSION, since the computer might be unattended and doing something important which has to finish.

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RE[2]: aaaw...
by Celerate on Fri 13th Jan 2006 01:34 in reply to "RE: aaaw..."
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I wonder if commercial servers did the same thing, that could be very bad if they weren't intended to simply be rebooted spontaneously like that. Companies do build in redundancy and backup systems, but that doesn't eliminate the possibility of data loss when a machine goes down.

It might be possible to block the built in Windows update feature with a firewall rule though, and then just open up the firewall when you want to check. Given this I'd certainly consider it.

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