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Wednesday July 14, 2004
04:21 AM

Where do we want you to go today?

[ #19841 ]

It seems that all of the Windows PCs here are configured to automatically accept updates from Microsoft (and, yes you can debate the wisdom of that). It also seems that Microsoft just pushed an update to them.

All of the Windows users were simultaneously presented with a dialog box that said "Your updates have been installed successfully. To complete installation you must restart your computer. Do you want to restart your computer now? Yes/No".

But the "No" button was disabled.

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  • simultaneously presented with a dialog box

    Presumably this was a modal dialog box that stopped the machine from doing anything else? So you can't save any work?

    Does this mean that if you leave unattended Windows server machines in this autoupdate mode, you might find that your (mission critical) services have stopped working, and when you go to investigate you find that the machine is hanging waiting for an answer to this question? When even a forced immediate reboot would have been less damaging to your o

    • If you are using automatic updates on "mission critical" Windows servers you should be fired in the first place!

      • Surely the real problem here is not "automatic updates", but "mission critical Windows servers", no?

        As brave as it is to do automatic updates, willfully lagging behind is surely worse, isn't it? As the guy at my job who seems to have been given the task of keeping all the Windows desktops up to date, there's just no way I have time to run around to several dozen desktops every few days when yet another massive Windows / IE vulnerability is exposed & patched and do all the other, not-quite-so-soul-suck

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    • Presumably this was a modal dialog box that stopped the machine from doing anything else?

      To give them (some) credit, it was a modeless dialog box. But it was a modeless dialog box that insisted on being in front of all other windows on the screen. so it _looked_ modal.