Windows Update - How has it screwed you lately?

#1 Posted by Terramagi (1168 posts) -

We've all been there. We've been absent-mindedly playing a game, unaware of the danger that lurks in the task bar, blinking, DEMANDING its due attention. You ignorantly refuse, only for it to jar you out of your stupor and bring your gaming session down around your ears. Your progress lost, your multiplayer match forfeited, you watch in impotent rage as the percentage ticks up, slowly, while telling you not to shut down your system, as if to taunt you. You don't know what it's installing, but it's irrelevant. You have lost, and Windows Update has won... but the question is, when was the last time this terrible fate befell you?

I personally just lost about 30 minutes of progress in KotOR2, including a bunch of character interactions. Minor, but still irritating.

#2 Posted by Chop (2010 posts) -

Not game related, but I sometimes use my computer as an alarm clock and yeah, its nearly made me late for work. Fuck you, Windows updates.

#3 Posted by AhmadMetallic (19303 posts) -

Sorry for your loss! I turn that shit off WITH MY DICK so it never bothers me. Whenever I feel like it I turn it on and install the latest updates, then turn it the fuck off again.

#4 Posted by Barrock (3747 posts) -

Do you have 7? I didn't think it forced a reboot on 7.

#5 Posted by _Chad (995 posts) -

@Barrock said:

Do you have 7? I didn't think it forced a reboot on 7.

It has a pop up. It gives you 10 minutes to postpone or to restart right away.

#6 Posted by Vanek (409 posts) -

@Barrock said:

Do you have 7? I didn't think it forced a reboot on 7.

It does with certain updates. I find it's just annoying that I can't tell it to stop warning me, but it gives you the option to tell it to piss off for 1-4 hours. It's really distracting when it pops up and I'm very lazy.

#7 Posted by Bollard (6252 posts) -

Yeah you just turn the updates off.

#8 Posted by BigDaddy81 (346 posts) -

I had spent the better part of 5 hours setting up a D&D session I was DMing at the time. You see I use a program on my laptop called Masterplan to set up my games. It was gonna be a big one too since this was the last game before we took a break for the impending release of Skyrim. Lot of story stuff, character interaction, detailed maps, an epic boss fight weeks in the making with a custom made monster (my first one in fact) etc. After I finished planning everything out I got up to go to the bathroom and when I came back, my laptop was in the process of rebooting from a Windows update. Nothing was saved and the session was gonna start in about a couple of hours.

How I kept myself from throwing that laptop through a window I'll never know. If I wasn't in the habit of shaving my head, I probably would have torn my hair out.

#9 Posted by Mcfart (1845 posts) -

If you keep track of new Windows Updates (AKA can handle clicking the "install" button by yourself without forgetting for months on end, then you can set the updates to "download automatically but install manually". THen you'll never have that problem. I, however, always have a long list of updates needed whenever I check.

#10 Posted by Korwin (3300 posts) -

Just change your update settings... no big deal.

#11 Posted by crusader8463 (14744 posts) -

Part of getting this new PC I'm using is that I keep forgetting to go in and turn off sleep mode and windows updates as I leave my PC on all night while I sleep to download games and things like that. Just got up this morning and Planet Side 2 only got about 500mb in before my PC shut down for some reason and now I will have to wait all morning to get the rest of it. Which is a major piss off because I was planning to play it with a friend as this is the only day our weekends converge and have the same day off, and now I can't play any online games or watch any videos because I need to devote all the bandwidth to downloading the game.

#12 Posted by JackSukeru (6053 posts) -

Funny, this has only happened to me once and it was yesterday. I was playing Dark souls and about to kindle a bonfire, since Dark Souls saves so often I only lost a few seconds but it could have been much worse, like say, in the middle of the lenghty boss battle I had just ten minutes prior. I was still annoyed because I had no way of knowing it was about to update.

#13 Posted by MeierTheRed (5005 posts) -

Never had that happen.

#14 Edited by enkind (2915 posts) -

I've never had that happen to me before in a video game. I guess I'm smart enough to set the damned thing to manual and not let it do whatever it pleases. Hell, it's an option when setting up your computer.

It has annoyed me when I'm installing something, though. Especially with that postpone crap. However, that's my fault.

#15 Posted by Damodar (1591 posts) -

I've never lost any work or game progress or anything like that to it, but I've had my share of annoyances that came from that.

I've actually got mine set so it still downloads and installs the updates automatically, but I just edited my registry so that the reboot part can't happen without my say so.

If you want to do this, you just run regedit and under Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate\AU (adding in any of those keys if need be) then create a new DWORD called NoAutoRebootWithLoggedOnUsers and set the value to 1. NECESSARY WARNING, EDITING THE REGISTRY IS SERIOUS, DO SO AT YOUR OWN RISK. If you don't want to mess with the reg, there are probably scripts out there that will do it for you etc, or you could just turn off the auto updates as people have said. The thing I do like about my solution is it still does the download and install and gives you that once dreaded REBOOT or POSTPONE window, but it just has to sit there, impotent. I take some pleasure in that.

#16 Posted by believer258 (12609 posts) -

I just turned off automatic updates completely and then tell Windows when to update. Which leads me to the dilemma of having to choose when to stop using my computer for however long it takes to download and install those updates, but it's better than raging at losing a whole lot of progress.

#17 Posted by Grilledcheez (4004 posts) -

Never had this problem, SOUNDS like it sucks though.

#18 Posted by Zomgfruitbunnies (972 posts) -

I only get pissed when it sometimes wants to update without telling me what updates are going to be installed despite me having the settings on "JUST NOTIFY ME, FUCK, DON'T INSTALL SHIT YET."

#19 Edited by FritzDude (2316 posts) -

I always check & install updates once I turn on the machine, since the timeframe to when they're released is around when I turn it on. Sometimes there will be critical updates that can be published at a later date that needs a restart, but they are so far & between the regular schedule, and if I play a game or do other things while it asks, then I just save & quite and restart. So I can't say I have any issues with this.

#21 Posted by Taborlin (178 posts) -

It almost caught me out last night, the bastard!

I was watching a UFC stream and it started lagging at a pretty important moment, I took down fullscreen to check for other programs and crap like that, and there was Windows Update with like 2 minutes remaining.

I postponed it for another 4 hours this morning, I'll keep it at bay for as long as a I can, now.

#22 Posted by Video_Game_King (36567 posts) -

Mine is impossible to update, yet ALWAYS reminds me that I need to update. So I'll try, and unsurprisingly, I get an error message with no solution, and I have to browse the Internet for solutions that could potentially harm my computer.

#23 Posted by Amafi (1009 posts) -

My PC wakes up in the middle of the night every thursday, installs tuesday's batch of updates and falls back asleep.

#24 Posted by TooWalrus (13303 posts) -

Oh, old thread. Hey guys, did you know that if it's buggin' you, you can turn automatic updates off? That's my secret to sleeping peacefully through the night.

#25 Posted by myketuna (1781 posts) -

I just set Windows Updates to alert me after which I go in and tell it what to download and install, and then I finish that up before going on with my day. I'll usually do it in the mornings before I take a shower, then take a shower/do other personal hygiene stuff while the computer does its thing. Other than letting it reboot while I get dressed sometimes (I hate reboot updates), the PC is ready to go by the time I'm clothed.

#26 Posted by toshi0815 (61 posts) -

@Chop said:

Not game related, but I sometimes use my computer as an alarm clock and yeah, its nearly made me late for work. Fuck you, Windows updates.

When I listen to the bombcast in Chrome, it sometimes crashes flash, which then crashes the website I use for the alarm clock.

Somehow I still woke up right on time.

#27 Posted by amir90 (2243 posts) -

@BigDaddy81: Dude, that sucks.

-A fellow GM.-

#28 Posted by ajamafalous (12310 posts) -

It hasn't, because I turned off auto reboot.

#29 Posted by Ben_H (3548 posts) -

An update broke and I'm too lazy to fix it so every time I turn my PC off it takes 5 minutes to attempt to install before turning off after the update breaks again. I think it's actually up to 2 broken updates now. It's been like that since July, which is annoying because I formatted and reinstalled Windows in June and probably won't until spring when I update my CPU and motherboard to something new and add a few things like a couple large capacity HDDs and a sound card. 

#30 Posted by MAGZine (441 posts) -

If people just restarted their PCs after patch Tuesdays, then it wouldn't be a problem for a whole other month.

Instead, people leave and postpone it, leaving their computer open to security holes and enjoy a month of being annoyed.

#31 Posted by SlasherMan (1723 posts) -

I've never had any issues with Windows updates. But then again, I've had the common sense to never turn on automatic updates...

#32 Posted by Lind_L_Taylor (4114 posts) -

When I leave my computer, everything I have open, I save. So I don't have to worry about reboots & can leave Update on.

#33 Edited by tyrakyllnahhui (2 posts) -

Has it screwed me lately?

I had 2 Chrome windows open with 20 tabs minimum and I had some really important stuff there.

So I lock my computer and go take a nice big shit in my toilet and when I come back, open my pc. "WINDOWS IS RESTARTING, APPLYING UPDATES"

I immediatly pinch myself to see if it is a motherfucking dream AND ITS NOT.










You're lucky I don't exactly remember what pages I had open...

#34 Posted by GamingMichael (127 posts) -

Windows 8/8.1 seems to do a better job with updates. It will usually download in the background and give you a few days before automatically restarting.

#35 Posted by EXTomar (5022 posts) -

A key problem with Windows and how it updates is that the shell itself doesn't save the current state before logging out, rebooting, whatever. Unlike other OS that will save as much of your desktop's state (what is running, what is minimized, maximized, etc), Windows will be happy to apply an update automatically and restart whether or not you are there or ready. Coming back to a desktop machine the next day finding a machine that has everything you worked on yesterday closed but a pop up saying "I applied an update. Click here to see the details" is always "nice".

#36 Edited by Ben_H (3548 posts) -

I turned that auto-update business off. I just check it manually once every few days.

I vastly prefer how updates are handled on Mac and Linux. On Mac, it is all done through the App Store, and they tell you exactly what is being changed and you give the go ahead (They condense multiple updates into one so you don't have a whole bunch to deal with at once). With Linux, you can either use a software manager that acts like the Mac App Store, or just go to terminal and tell it to update there, and it does so in a very fast, unobtrusive fashion.

#37 Posted by Video_Game_King (36567 posts) -

On my old computer, one of the Windows Updates prevented me from receiving future updates. Or, at least it prevented them from installing properly; I'd still get all those annoying fucking alerts, but when prompted to install, I'd get some obscure error code whose only solutions were "fuck around in the registry" or "just reset your dumb computer".

#38 Posted by jb_noir (2 posts) -

Not game related but I am a college student and I guess I missed the prompt and was signed out during the middle of a take-home exam. Very frustrating.

#39 Posted by Masahiroartist (2 posts) -

I turned off my pc for dinner in my room. Then it began updating twelve! programs. It ruined my dinner by awful pc noise.

#40 Posted by Amafi (1009 posts) -

got an update pushed out of schedule at work a while back, left some stuff unsaved in while I went to lunch and came back to see my PC rebooted. that was fun. Luckily it was only 20 minutes worth of work.

#41 Posted by Evilsbane (4982 posts) -

Windows Updates are a curse and blight upon all humanity, I work on computers for a living, the amount of time I have spent installing Windows Updates across all their OS's means I have seen those updates fail So Many Many times.

#42 Posted by BranKetra (14 posts) -

Windows 8 shows a superimposed screen notification. Besides that, I have always checked my notifications when prompted Windows 8 and prior.

#43 Posted by calla (2 posts) -

I buy a new computer; it downloads the new update automatically, which is when I'm thinking, "Oh whatever, it is what it is..". I continue to patiently wait for it to complete, it finally reaches that "oh so desired" 100% and then.. BOOM! "Windows has Failed to Update" And then it FUCKING STAYED AT THAT SCREEN FOR A FUCK-ING HOUR. I had to call and pay for an IT guy just to tell me I had to automatically restart my computer and lose everything that was on it previously. Had I not paid for it, I would've been a little less pissed but the point is WHY WOULD WINDOWS GIVE ME AN UPDATE I CAN'T FUCKING USE? It's a brand new fucking computer! It had hardly been used and prior to the update it worked fan-fucking-tastically. I quickly set my configurations to never check for updates, and I don't regret it. FUCK YOU Windows Update! My computer works just freaking fine without you! >>_<<

#44 Posted by Jack_Lafayette (3771 posts) -

Windows Updates are a curse and blight upon all humanity, I work on computers for a living, the amount of time I have spent installing Windows Updates across all their OS's means I have seen those updates fail So Many Many times.

I pity you your Lovecraftian torture.

#45 Edited by Devildoll (936 posts) -

I have my updates set to "download automagically, but let me decide when to apply".

So i never have a problem.

#46 Posted by Ezekiel (632 posts) -

After the updates kept desyncing my Bluetooth controller, I turned off automatic updates. Now I update about once a week.

#47 Edited by MonetaryDread (2293 posts) -

Ummm.... its never screwed me? Windows gives you the option to disable auto-updates. Hell, when you are installing Windows it even has an installation stopping pop-up that asks you if you are sure you want to enable that feature.

#48 Edited by MonetaryDread (2293 posts) -
@calla said:

I quickly set my configurations to never check for updates, and I don't regret it. FUCK YOU Windows Update! My computer works just freaking fine without you! >>_<<

That is a real bad plan there. Just a couple of weeks ago there was a massive exploit found that gives hackers complete control over your PC at any time they want. You need to run Windows update to protect yourself.

#49 Posted by MOAB (435 posts) -

I disable the service until I am ready to update. I also make sure I search for any issues with the updates before I install.

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