I disable automatic updating on systems I own or manage. Day before yesterday, I manually updated a single Windows 7 component because it offered a new feature I needed. Microsoft also installed a trial version of Office 2007 and, unbeknownst to me, turned automatic updating back on. It tried and failed to update itself that night so yesterday morning, I explicitly turned off “install updates automagically on shutdown.” Again. Windows began installing 81 updates automagically when it shut down yesterday.
“Do not turn off this computer” it told me when I went to bed.
I left it running and went to bed. It apparently turned itself off when it finished; at any rate, the screen was black when I arose.
This morning, it spent 10 minutes trying to configure Windows, failing, and “reverting changes.” Naturally, I found more M$ Office components installed this morning. This ain’t a Private Foulup or even a Captain Foulup. This is a Major Foulup. Major.
Rufus reminded me to “be glad it ain’t a General Foulup or, worse yet, a Kernal Foulup!”