Worst Microsoft Windows Automatic Updates of 2012

Auto update at your peril: Five Patch Tuesdays that made a living hell for Windows users
  • 1 of 6

Catastrophic MIcrosoft Auto Updates of 2012

Some people still think advanced Windows users should turn on Automatic Updates. I disagree. MS Automatic Update is for chumps -- and I’ve been saying that, in print, for a decade.

Of course you need to apply patches sooner or later. And some really do need to be installed immediately, but those are almost always released “out of band” to great fanfare in the computer press.

If you’re savvy enough to be reading this rant, you’re smart enough to set Windows to “Notify but don’t download” and wait until the millions of patch beta testers have installed Auto Updates, and crashed and burned.

Here’s a look at the real Microsoft auto-update stinkers of 2012.

Return to slideshow
Join the discussion
Be the first to comment on this article. Our Commenting Policies