Study: Windows Users Patch their OS Every 5 Days

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fullur

One of the problems with studies like this is where they get their information. A person who has installed Secunia's PSI is not a typical Windows user. It's kind of like tracking browser usage by using the stats from a site that gives information about browser usage. You will not get accurate stats because you are not dealing with an average user base.

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Mighty BOB!

Oh yes it's SUCH a burden... *rolls eyes dramatically*

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compro01

Yes, it is.

Updates for the OS, browser, flash, PDF reader, office suite, and all other apps you have installed, each with their own method of checking for, obtaining, and installing updates because windows has never bothered with a proper and well supported package manager.

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Caboose

 Um... If you have MS Office installed, you get updates whenever you either manually check, or automatically check for updates for Windows. In fact, any Microsoft app (except for games) are automatically obtained when you check for OS updates. Flash checks on its own every now and then, same with VLC, Adobe Reader or Foxit Reader, even FireFox automatically checks, and installs updates for itself and addons. Whenever I build or setup a PC for someone, I set the updartes to run atomatically in the background. Only time I ever get notified is if an update is found. I don't find it a burden at all. And I don't know many people that do.

Yes, a single software management system would be nice. I admit that, but the world of Microsoft Windows has far too many apps, developers, etc to really make something like that possible.

 It'd be like herding cats to give them a bath... Impossible to do, and you'll just end up tired and in pain in the end!

-= I don't want to be dead, I want to be alive! Or... a cowboy! =-

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Caboose

 IT IS! All that clicking, and moving the mouse. And it's very taxing on your internet connection having to download a couple of patches. And your poor HDD and CPU!

OH THE HUMANITY!! Won't someone PLEASE think of the children (processes)

 

-= I don't want to be dead, I want to be alive! Or... a cowboy! =-

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mls067

I now know why George Jetson was so stressed out after a day of button pushing!

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Mighty BOB!

Oh I see what you did there.

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HeartBurnKid

... is package management.  No dealing with a different updater for every program I use, each of them sitting in the system tray and sucking up resources; it all comes through the same package system.

Granted, patches are just as frequent through this system, but it's very much a "fire-and-forget" process.

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Caboose

 With XP, Vista and Win7, it's a one stop shop for any microsoft patches that are required for any MS apps installed (games excluded).

 

-= I don't want to be dead, I want to be alive! Or... a cowboy! =-

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HeartBurnKid

... it's a one-stop shop for any patches, for any program, from any vendor that supports it.  If a given product isn't in the official repositories, you can add the vendor's own repository in seconds, without having to run a separate update client for just that one vendor.

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Caboose

fair enough

 

-= I don't want to be dead, I want to be alive! Or... a cowboy! =-

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Caboose

 I patch my system about twice a month. And usually only when I see the automatic update notification.

How long before Apple catches wind of this "study" and makes a commercial about it?

 

-= I don't want to be dead, I want to be alive! Or... a cowboy! =-

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