Scoble points to some suggestions for Windows Update. There's one I vehemently disagree with: making critical updates mandatory. Or worse, as rumor has it, make the updates a requirement of the license. The updates aren't tested well enough for that. Let me give an example:
- After the last critical update I applied, IE stopped being able to use proxy servers. And the one I need to work with is IIS. Now, whenever I need to use VPN, I fire up Netscape - it actually works
- After a critical update to my wife's system, it stopped being able to get a dhcp address from the Linksys router at boot. Every reboot, networking had to be manually set up until we bailed and just gave it a static IP.
Is it any wonder that I tend to hit Remind me later on updates? My experience with them is decidedly negative. Now, I know that updates can be hard - I've screwed up BottomFeeder updates via insufficient testing. On the other hand, MS is a big company with lots of testing staff; Bf is a small effort by 2 people, with occasional help from others. Windows Update needs to work a lot better before most people will feel comfortable with it.