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Tuesday, December 9, 2008

How Many Auto Update Programs Do We Need?

Do we really need so many startup, taskbar sitting executables constantly checking to see if our software is out of date?  Just off the top of my head, each of the following commonly used applications installs some sort of auto-update manager:

  • Adobe Acrobat
  • Flash Player
  • The Java runtime
  • iTunes
  • Quicktime
  • Windows Update

I understand the need to keep everybody’s machine up-to-date with the latest version, but can’t we just agree on a standard system instead of having to go through hoops to kill these update managers one by one?  I wonder if they’re baking this into Windows 7…that would be a very welcome addition.  Nothing angers me more than booting up to see 3 dialogs from Adobe, Apple and Sun pestering me to update my software.  Leave me alone already!


Anonymous said...

I ALWAYS have a custom msconfig for this reason.

Anonymous because too lazy to sign up.