Thinking about it, surely MS is breaking the law by not disclosing important information such as users getting pretty much untested updates, like it or not, if they perform a Windows Updates search.
Surely it has to be an opt in thing, rather than being deemed a 'seeker' and having them installed on your machine regardless of whether you want or need them or not. Essentially, then, users are being used as guinea pigs to test relatively untried software ehen they go looking for an important update they may have missed.
I thought the 'Early Adopters Program' was for the testing and feedback of new software, etc. Now it seems that regular and possibly inexperienced users are being used in this way as well. And what happens when an inexperienced user gets their machine borked by MS' untried, untested updates? Most likely they have to take it to a PC tech to get it fixed.... at their expense, Nope, it's not right.
Personally, I think this is MS' workaround to force stuff down users throats again. A lot of users are using 3rd party programs to prevent automatic updates, which is fair enough, given MS' recent track record with botched updates. Thing is, those users then have to perform a manual search for any important updates and patches they would have missed.... and when they do, BAM, they get all the crap they were trying to avoid in the first place.
For mine, Microsoft has become a software/tech bully that treats its customers/users with complete arrogance and contempt. Users are all different, with different machines and different needs, but Microsoft is throwing a blanket over us all and saying: "This is what you need and will get, like it or not. And it it borks your machine, too bad. We are too big to sue, so just pay up and get it fixed."
Sadly, the people who could bring pressure to bear on Microsoft, politicians and big-name tech journalists, are all sitting on their hands and doing nothing. They all talk about the good stuff, never the bad. Makes you wonder just how many of them are on the MS payroll, don't it.
Well I'm decided about the updates. I already have auto-updates blocked, but given this situation, I will no longer search manually for them, either. I have an updates nag icon with a little red flag on my taskbar, but I shall continue to ignore it. If I need updates, majorgeeks hosts them and I can check out what they are and for before I download and install them.