Fifteen years ago, Microsoft introduced automatic updating to the unwashed Windows masses. Fifteen years later, it’s hard to find a Windows user who hasn’t bumped into at least one problem with a Windows update or knows someone who has. That’s a billion and a half people.
From inscrutable driver problems to bricked machines and everywhere in between, Automatic Update is a poster child in “what’s wrong with Windows” circles -- rightfully so.
Hope springs eternal that Windows 10 will finally bring relief, but much depends on the determination and deep pockets of Those in Charge. One thing’s for sure: In the land of Win10 milk and honey, customers don’t want to be treated like cannon fodder.
Here’s my take on the 20 worst Microsoft Automatic Update patches of all time. Based on either the amount of pain inflicted or the number of people afflicted -- or both -- they deserve their notoriety.
Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
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