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News Windows Update updates itself: people shocked

Discussion in 'Article Discussion' started by Da Dego, 14 Sep 2007.

  1. Da Dego

    Da Dego Brett Thomas

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  2. C-Sniper

    C-Sniper Stop Trolling this space Ądmins!

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    Great....
    I don't care if it auto updates itself just as long as i don't have to go through those annoying " You must restart your PC for the changes to take effect" messages. Hell.... I'd rather have a silent auto-update so as long as i don't have to look at that annoying yellow shield and have to restart my PC 5 times for 1 update.
     
  3. quack

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    I'm stunned at how much this entire issue has been blown out of proportion.

    The files that make up the "Automatic Updates" feature need to be kept up-to-date so it can tell you what updates you need, unless you've turned it off entirely. Big deal.



    Handy tip #1: Type net stop wuauserv into Start/Run to stop Windows trying to get you to reboot after updating, but don't forget to reboot later!
     
  4. bloodcar

    bloodcar Active Member

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    I have the same sentiments. I just want to know what the hell happened to not having to restart your computer after an update in Vista. I hated that in XP and I still hate it in Vista.
     
  5. Breach

    Breach Modding in Exile

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    Yeah I don't think this is a big deal given what is being updated, but why be so stealthy about it?
     
  6. Guest-23315

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    How do you even disable auto-updates in the first place.
     
  7. Buzzons

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    Manks you're kidding right? it is under control panel -> Automatic updates...
     
  8. boggsi

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    I challenge anyone to disagree with that comment on the blog. I question the motives of any organisation, who feels the need to put in place a system where things can be automatically, without consent, even after requests that this SHOULD NOT HAPPEN. I am happy with the outrage, I feel a little safer knowing people really are happy to get excited about my privacy (something I hold dearly).
     
  9. Dr. Strangelove

    Dr. Strangelove New Member

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    All I can say i that no mater how many times I click the "i trust microsoft.. bla bla" I never really trust MS enough to let them update my system automatically, I'll do that my self every now and then, thank you very much
     
  10. leexgx

    leexgx CPC hang out zone (i Fix pcs i do )

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    2600 post heh

    any way as long as WGA is not auto updated in vista then Dell oem disks will still work
     
  11. cpemma

    cpemma Ecky thump

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    :confused: My XP looks for any updates at 6pm, downloads them in the background, then when I come to turn off I get a message during shutdown that the updates are being installed. Seems very civilised. :thumb:
    I'm cautious, but not paranoid. I also let my AV be updated automatically. On some people's reckoning, that could also expose me to rootkits, etc.
     
  12. Faulk_Wulf

    Faulk_Wulf Internet Addict

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    You're absolutely right. People could use a "fake" Anti-Virus program that looks like its a real security application to stealthily insert dangerous programs. So can video games, dvd movies, or anything else that auto-runs or needs to be installed to work.

    The difference is we're talking about an operating system, not a piece of software. When the malicious scripts are limited to particular programs, people can find ways to combat them. However, when these kinds of scripts are rolled out over an operating system, one of which (regardless of whether you love or hate Microsoft) is still the most popular one for administrating and networking in most businesses and schools, you are facing ENORMOUS security risks that could infect and destroy entire infrastructures.

    It has nothing to do with this particular update, nor do I seriously believe that Automatic Update will be compromised anytime soon if at all. Its that like with history classes where civil rights are stripped from a country before a malicious government takes over power. Basically: If you let one company do a stealth update now, sure it might be a .dll and .exe and a .txt file or whatever that IS to update an Updater. But what happens if someone pushes that? And then that? And so on? Yeah, its paranoia to a degree, but its also your computer and your privacy, so maybe this time paranoia is justifiable and prudent.

    My 2c. *shrug*
     
  13. bloodcar

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    You can turn Automatic Updates off. In the cases reported, the functionality wasn't set to being turned off but still allowed WU to check for updates. In order for WU to continue to function correctly, it needed to update some of the local files on the user's machine. If they had turned the function off by selecting the "Never check for updates" option then it does not and will never download any files at all.

    A lot of people are making a big issue about this but it seems a lot of people are too damned stupid to choose the "Never check for updates" option if they don't want anything downloaded at all. Maybe people need to employ a little more common sense when looking at the available options without having to have a manual spell everything out for them.


    Yeah, but I'm of the type that never shuts their computer down unless I absolutely have to. When I'm not on the computer, either torrents or Folding@Home is running at full throttle so when I'm forced to do a restart, I get annoyed.
     
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  14. bilbothebaggins

    bilbothebaggins New Member

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    Hahaha. Is this MS you're talking about? They're bloody never clear about anything. It's their philosophy -- if they'd explain anything it might just confuse the users ...

    Th WU thing is ok though. If you do not want it to do anything, just switch it off completely. And if you don't switch it off completely, then don't expect it to not do something!!

    Some people here should also realize that it does NOT make the system more secure when they have to manually agree to install stuff, if they install the stuff anyways. If the security gets compromised, you will get the crap onto your PC no matter what.

    cheers,
    -btb-
     
  15. LinMan

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    I'm behind GPRS most of the time and this raised my bill, reason why my autoupdate is only reminding me. Is MS gonna pay for it. I don't think so.
     
  16. NiHiLiST

    NiHiLiST New-born car whore

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    People being "too damned stupid" isn't the issue at all. If you choose the option to "notify me but don't automatically download or install them" then you would reasonably expect it to do just that. Not for it to notify you about most of the updates, but automatically install some without so much as a notification balloon.
     
  17. bloodcar

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    How do you expect WU to notify you of new updates if the damn thing doesn't work because the files that make it work are out of date? Sorry if Microsoft didn't tell you, "Hey, we're gonna go ahead and download and install the files that are critical to WU to run properly in order for it to check the update server for you." Bit of common sense there, really it is.

    WU has automatically updated itself several times before but you didn't see half of the internet bitching and moaning then.
     
  18. NiHiLiST

    NiHiLiST New-born car whore

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    That's exactly what I would expect it to do, it notifies you of other updates, why not this one?
     
  19. completemadness

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    if you re-install windows, these patches have to be available anyway, because your copy of windows must be able to update to the later version - from the disk

    So if that's the case, windows update only needs to update if its telling you about updates, otherwise, it doesn't
    Because if you decide later you do want to know about them, then windows update can update itself, as those updates must be available for new installs in the future

    I hope your understand what I'm on about, i don't really care either way and lets face it, everything these days is getting hyped to death, whatever ms do it will be twisted to fit an anti MS argument
     
  20. Nath

    Nath Your appeal has already been filed.

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    Because notifying you that the updating service is being updated is silly.
     
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