Windows Update Brings Thousand's of PC's to a Standstill

by Karthik on October 27, 2007 · 5 comments

The latest series of Windows Updates have wrecked thousand’s of PC’s worldwide bringing them to a standstill. A lot of server administrators are furious over Microsoft for doing this and preventing the job from being done for the companies meaning higher expenses for them. Well this time around Microsoft decided to automatically install a resource hungry application called Window’s Desktop Search on computers worldwide. This slowed down corporate networks bringing the network to a standstill. What is more important is that all this happened even though administrators had configured their systems not to use the search tool.

 "The admins at my place were in a flap this morning because Windows Desktop Search 3.01 had suddenly started installing itself on desktops throughout the company," says a reader by the name of Rob. "The trouble is that once installed, the indexer kicks in and slows the machines down."

The blogosphere is buzzing with similar reports from people worldwide, as evidenced by postings here, here and here. This looks like a yet another PR disaster for Microsoft. Even the product managers of Windows Update are not sure how all this happened,  and they still believe that the installation of Windows Desktop Search was not unauthorized.

"I’m slightly pissed of [sic] at M$ right now," said another administrator of 3,000 PCs responding to the problem on the Internet. "All the clients have slowed to a crawl, and the file servers are having problems with the load."

Well Microsoft has come up with a official statement regarding this, and I must say the explanation given by Microsoft is not satisfying to any administrator by any means. Microsoft surely is treating administrators like dumb people here.

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vecosseyacine October 28, 2007 at 9:51 pm

can you give me update for my windows vista plise thanke you.


Theo November 3, 2007 at 4:46 am

I don’t have “auto approve” on WSUS nor have I ever approved WDS for installation, and as such this latest revision didn’t install itself – all working as it should.

I suspect (I could be wrong) that some admins have glossed over WSUS features/settings, and that this situation where updates are auto installed has been happening for a while without their knowledge. The only reason anyone has noticed this particular update is becasue it is actually slowing machines down with it’s indexing operation.

I know I am guilty of installing software without fully understaning all the implications. Who has time to read hundreds of pages of install/admin guides?

Moral of the story is it’s easier to point the finger at someone else when something doesn’t go aour way.


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