There is a lot of huffing and puffing over the recent use of the
Microsoft Update service to automatically download a non-critical
application. Said application, called Windows Genuine Advantage, checks
among other things, to see if the copy of Windows you are
using is legally obtained. If it can confirm this, no problem. If
not, from what I understand, it will pop-up boxes telling you to
stop using it (i.e., your supposely illegaly obtained copy of Windows).
In many people’s minds, the problem is that MS used the download
service for something that is clearly unrelated to patching
vulnerabilities. Although, I am sure, MS disagrees with this, I
have to question what else MS may decide is in its best interest,
but not necessarily of their customers.
I’ve talked before about the lack of trust that some people have
when it comes to MS so I won’t repeat it here. But this is an
example of what I meant.
That said, I’ve come to the conclusion that for most people,
they should continue to use the automatic setting because they
won’t get the truly critical patches otherwise. But for those 11
geeks tech savy readers of this site, you may want to set
one of the other options so that you can wait and see what kind of
reaction hits the Internet. If nothing much happens, then go ahead
and manually down the patch. But if an instant uproar occurs, you
may wish to wait awhile.
Better yet, switch to Linux. For all its problems with buggy
opensource software, at least you don’t have to worry about this
kind of fubar.