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6/25/2015
02:10 PM
Eric Zeman
Eric Zeman
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Samsung Slammed For Disabling Windows Update

Samsung admitted to altering the behavior of Microsoft's Windows Update tool, but claims to have good intentions.

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(Image: George Clerk/iStockphoto)

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mak63
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mak63,
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6/27/2015 | 12:17:14 PM
Windows Update and crtical updates
I didn't know Samsung made computers. Well, seriously, I think there's more than meet the eye here. Running Windows Update on computers with low resources ( e.g. 2 GB of RAM),  is a pain in the butt.
Windows Update services takes too much memory (sometimes up to 1 GB or more) when it runs and it does it whenever it wants.
I can understand if Samsung let he users run the WU manually. The question is, will they? And more importantly, as the article points out, will they run it in time to get the critical updates?
nomii
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6/27/2015 | 10:28:16 AM
Re: What were they thinking????
@Gary I am not sure I got your point correctly. I believe that what all is happening is without consent of samsung. I have my doubts. I think whatever the war between the giants will do it will invariably effect the consumers. I am nt sure it will happen to new or all inuse PCs. Lets wait and see. 
nomii
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nomii,
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6/27/2015 | 10:24:32 AM
Re: What were they thinking????
Dr T I fully agree with you here. I am not getting it completely. I believe that once a deals made it must be a happy compromise between the two firms and everyone is in knowledge of what is all going to happen. I am not sure how MS can disable their automatic update without the knowledge of the samsung. There seems to be something not very rightly mentioned. What is your opinion.
mak63
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mak63,
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6/27/2015 | 12:45:54 AM
Re: He's not a Microsoft Employee
Don't kill the messenger.
Whoever this guy is, according to the article, it seems that his report got into MIcrosoft ears. That's what it counts, isn't it?
Gary_EL
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Gary_EL,
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6/26/2015 | 1:02:42 PM
Re: What were they thinking????
I dunno, Dr. T. Microsoft is pretty good at things like terms, conditions and small print. I think they will take this as a direct challenge. They aren't going to allow Windows to be forked into a million versions, like Android. I predict that there will be WAR!
Dr.T
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6/26/2015 | 9:36:03 AM
Re: What were they thinking????
I would think they had enough protection in their terms and conditions with small prints so Samsung is protected. :--))
Dr.T
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6/26/2015 | 9:34:12 AM
Re: He's not a Microsoft Employee
This is supposed to not work when you restart the machine again. Microsoft would most likely find another way to do windows updates. No vendors should e babel to disable it.
Gary_EL
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Gary_EL,
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6/25/2015 | 10:36:21 PM
What were they thinking????
>> Samsung is saying Microsoft's drivers don't necessarily
     run well on some of Samsung's laptop components


Then why is Samsung using those components in the first place? What right do they have to claim their machines are "Windows Compatible" if they aren't? Does this mean that owners of Samsung devices can't run windows update for fear of fouling up their non-complaint system? What about programs and processes that will depend on those updates? I see a GIGANTIC CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT on the horizon, as 10's (100's ?) of thosands of users sue to get their money back for what are now useless machines.
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6/25/2015 | 4:06:37 PM
He's not a Microsoft Employee
"Microsoft's Patrick Barker found a program called Disable_Windowsupdate.exe buried in Samsung's own software update tool."

 

From everything I've read on this Patrick Barker does not work for Microsoft, but rather is a Microsoft MVP.
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