Bad Microsoft! Go sit in your corner!
Microsoft does a lot of things that piss me off, but this little stunt always fills me with white-hot murderous rage:
I’m at the end of a meeting and need to bolt to another meeting. Sure, I should just close the lid and let it go to sleep but suppose I accidentally hit the wrong button to shut it down instead? And it says; “Sorry, you can’t shut down your machine for a half-hour or more, or you’ll face a rebuild.” So I have to keep it powered up long enough to finish this nonsense – and it can hang on a particular update for just about any length of time. In this case, forty minutes or so.
Of course when I turned the system back on, it said “Preparing to configure Windows updates” and restarted itself a couple times before it would let me do anything. OK, fine – that was ten more minutes. Then when I went to shut it down again? Three more updates. And then “Preparing to configure…” again when it started up. All with the warning “Do not turn off your computer”.
Um, Windows? Were you planning to let me use my computer anytime soon?
When I’m using Linux (often on the same machine) it never does anything this rude. It lets me know when it wants to install updates and then I decide. Oh, and one other thing: I can actually install updates in Linux while I’m doing other things. No worries about freezing up or unexpected shutdowns.
Microsoft, I paid for your damn operating system and you can’t even do as well as one that’s free?