I'll just say that in my opinion many updates are of marginal importance, if at all, but can bear considerable risk. I know that many, if not most, people think differently but being a born skeptic I live with that.
I can give you lots of examples starting with SP-3 for Microsoft Office all the way to Windows, printers ,other device drivers etc.
As a rule I don't update any of my programs except for anti-malware. As far as windows updates that's where I am hesitant; I disabled and re-enabled the option a hundred times. The problem is not with backing up the data, that's something that should be done on a regular basis. The problem is that a minor update for your web camera or printer or whatever can cause such damage that it either takes great efforts to rectify or even a reinstallation from scratch. For people who are not professionals that can take a lot of effort, frustration and money.
SP-3 for windows is not just an accumulation of previous updates. Had it been that simple Microsoft wouldn't release a beta version before offering the "real" thing. Other updates that I give the same status are WMP 11.0 and Internet Explorer 7.0. I install all of them without any problems on freshly formatted computers but I have seen many problems with them on long running computers. I'll rather have the older versions then risk the potential troubles.
Can O' worms opened...
Although I hope you run some kind of firewall or have a router to say the least... When things like backtrack linux exist for free... You might want to think twice. I know what you mean though. Not exactly the same, but I ran my computer for 6 years without virus protection, never had an issue because I knew what to do and what not to do.
The most amazing thing I had ever seen in my life was when my friend and I were formatting his machine. Plugged that sucker into the net, booted xp, started the first round of windows updates, and upon restart the thing was password protected. Well we got through that only to find it cram packed with some trojans...
Basically someone had probably been doing a random "scan" (if you will) and tada jackpot an xp sp1 machine non-patched...Exploits = holes and no patches or updates = more holes... Dangerous not to I'd say unless of course you run a firewall and maybe some registry/process monitoring software...
SP3 In general I will totally agree was not necessary, in fact Microsft stated that probably only major networks and business would benefit from the few changes in it.
As for beta... well... there are always beta's thats the way of software life. People auto think beta = caution/avoid (caution which is wise) but the mindset should really be beta = contribute to new. Something along those lines anyhow.
Skeptic. You ever scan with http://secunia.com/v...canning/online/
I'd be interested to see what your results would look like
Not all updates are bad, especially drivers. I've seen video drivers work flawlessy and help better the graphics. I've also seen ethernet updates completely stop the ethernet connection from working... I know what you mean Skeptic... Gotta love it. Good post.
Edited by AitrusSkyy, 13 October 2008 - 03:15 PM.