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  • The case against knee-jerk installation of Windows patches

    Posted on June 16th, 2019 at 21:12 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    I finally had a chance to put together a manifesto for a heretical position I’ve taken publicly for more than a decade:

    Windows Automatic update is for chumps

    Yes, you have to get patched sooner or later (although Group W holdouts will disagree), your Sainted Aunt Martha should be on auto updates, and a tiny number of patches have to go in right away. But in the vast majority cases, for the vast majority of people, installing patches as soon as they roll out just doesn’t make sense.

    Unless you have a staff charged with vetting patches, it’s much smarter to crowdsource patch beta testing. Don’t get pushed into blindly taking what comes out the auto update chute.

    Details in Computerworld Woody on Windows.