It's easy to blame Automatic Update for this situation, but the truth is it's not the fault of Automatic Update.The question is, how automatic is Automatic Update?

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On October 23, 2008, Microsoft released a critical security update, MS08-067, to resolve a vulnerability in the Server service of Windows that, at the time of release, was facing targeted, limited attack.

Human nature being what it is, the majority of people tend to be reactive rather than proactive when it comes to security issues and protecting our computer investment.

Just because an update is available doesn't mean it's needed or even necessary in all situations.

Users have to take responsibility for determining whether or not the update will impact their system negatively.If the answer is questionable, don't update until you are able to sort out the potential ramifications of installing the update.We may get on a kick for a few days or weeks and pay close attention to the updates that are issued then slack off until the issue is forgotten totally.If you nodded your head as you were reading that last sentence, you are probably a good candidate for Windows XP Automatic Updates.Whenever the word Automatic comes along people tend to balk because it smacks of taking away control. Even if you find the concept objectionable, Automatic Updates can be to your advantage while allowing you to retain the control of what gets updated.As the installed user base of XP increases, reports of updates effectively crippling a machine that was previously in excellent working condition are becoming common.