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October 09, 2007

Reason #4712 Why I Hate Windows

Apparently Microsoft is now rebooting Windows XP after applying Automatic Updates without asking if it's okay to reboot.

I thought this is why my machine rebooted last month but I wasn't exactly sure Windows' Automatic Updates caused the reboot then. However, this "Patch Tuesday" there was a nice little notification balloon saying something to the effect that an update was applied and the machine was restarted. How "nice" of Microsoft.

Restarting my machine without my expressed permission is unacceptable. I don't care if there was some short of notification with a countdown or not. It shouldn't reboot the machine unless I actually click something saying it's okay to reboot right now. In this case today, this machine was in the process of backing up several huge MySQL databases from a remote server and they didn't complete because of the reboot.

After today, I'm switching Automatic Update to only notify me of new updates. But this annoyance just reinforces my resolve to put Microsoft Windows out of my life permanently.

Posted in Microsoft & Windows by usrbingeek at 2007-10-09 22:45 ET (GMT-5) | 2 Comments | Permalink


They've been doing this with some Windows SBS 2003 updates. 4 months ago we had to totally reconfigure the proxy server because the settings were gone. It took us quite a bit of time to trace it to the most recent update. Maybe if Microsoft would do a little better job of bug testing instead of pouring their time into making us believe the "newest version is better than the last version", things might be better.

Posted by: Brian Longo at October 12, 2007 07:36 PM

This had been happening to me maybe a year ago. The last forced reboot ended up tossing some notes I had left open in a new Notepad window. Phone numbers, things I needed to remember for later, things like that. That was the last straw, and it was the last time my desktop PC was a dual-boot system. I backed everything up that I needed to save, reformatted the whole disk, and installed Ubuntu on it.

I was initially worried that I'd have difficulties with not being able to use some of the proprietary Windows-only programs I'd come to rely upon, but good alternatives combined with Wine for the absolute necessities completely eliminated the need for Windows. I'm a Web developer by trade, and so naturally I have to make sure my stylesheets and scripts work correctly in IE. IEs4Linux takes care of that. GnuCash is a decent finance manager, which replaced MS Money just fine for me.

Assuming you dual-boot, tell your bootloader to boot into your non-Windows system by default. That way, you have to deliberately choose to boot into Windows. KDE on Cygwin has also helped me adapt in the past. There's also Wubi or Debian-Installer Loader if you don't currently dual-boot, would like to, and don't want to repartition or add a new drive to your machine.

Posted by: Christopher Parker at October 15, 2007 02:25 PM

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