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Windows Automatic Updates GAAAAAAHAHHHH...

Caveat: in general, I think this is a decent feature.  Ah, isn't that nice, windows will download, and install, updates daily at 3:00am.  Just like I have it configured.  Okay.

So why is it downloading and bugging me to install updates NOW, at 10:09 am?  When I'M TRYING TO GET IMPORTANT THINGS DONE, like ranting on CoT?

GAHHHHHHH.
Permalink Send private email Jöhn Härën 
September 13th, 2006 1:08pm
I hate when it unceremoniously reboots your computer. Like it did last night. If the security hole is so big that the computer is in peril that very moment, fine, turn off the damn net connection.

But let me save my files and stuff when I get up in the morning. Damn.
Permalink Send private email just me 
September 13th, 2006 1:46pm
This is the reason I stopped using Windows.  I had some overnight processing interrupted unceremoniously by Windows' desperate need to install WGA.
Permalink Send private email wicket awethome 
September 13th, 2006 1:47pm
Turn it off.
Schedule a monthly task "Run Windows Update" in Outlook.

Problem solved....
Permalink DJ 
September 13th, 2006 2:29pm
The thing is, it's sceduled for 3:00 am.  NOT 10:00 am.  See what I'm getting at?
Permalink Send private email Jöhn Härën 
September 13th, 2006 2:30pm
I let it download automatically but no one/thing installs anything on my PC until I specifically say so.

That way it works fine for me. The auto install/reboot hurt me once. not anymore.
Permalink Send private email Locutus of Borg 
September 13th, 2006 2:41pm
+1 Locutus
Permalink Send private email Steel McLargeEsquimaux 
September 13th, 2006 4:07pm
My computer tried to automatically reboot itself this morning too. Luckily I caught it in time and was able to abort the countdown. I'll have to check and see what pending updates are waiting when I have a spare moment.
Permalink Send private email bon vivant 
September 13th, 2006 4:48pm
I turned it off.  It ran anyway.  It just HAD to install WGA.
Permalink Send private email muppet 
September 13th, 2006 5:27pm
Didn't I call you out on that? Yet you still spew FUD. I'm gonna start calling you Fudpet... :-D
Permalink Send private email Steel McLargeEsquimaux 
September 13th, 2006 5:52pm
I had it set to download, but not install.  It installed and rebooted anyway.  How did you call me out exactly?
Permalink Send private email muppet 
September 13th, 2006 6:06pm
"How did you call me out exactly?"
Bike racks, after school. :P
Permalink Send private email Jöhn Härën 
September 13th, 2006 6:07pm
That before it's installed, there's no way for Windows to predetermine that some package should be treated differently.

Also, if WGA honestly overrode "download, don't install" all by its lonesome, don't you think there would be a major uproar all across the 'net?

Methinks you changed the setting, or perhaps the power bounced that night.
Permalink Send private email Steel McLargeEsquimaux 
September 13th, 2006 6:21pm
If the power bounces, downloaded and uninstalled packages will install themselves?
Permalink Send private email muppet 
September 13th, 2006 7:12pm
There are free third party downloaders that give you more control over the Windows Update process, and don't keep installing WGA.
Permalink Send private email Stephen Jones 
September 13th, 2006 8:09pm
I do all updates manually myself; that way I can check exactly what I'm getting, and wait a few days to see if anything is a problem. Think WGA. No fucking way am I going to let Microsoft decide.
Permalink el 
September 14th, 2006 4:56am

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