Samsung has said it will release a patch for its computers, in order to fix an issue that was breaking Windows updates.
Last week, a specialist in reverse-engineering software, Patrick Barker, said in his blog that there’s a program called Disable_Windowsupdate.exe that comes with many Samsung machines and disables Windows Updates, including security updates.
Samsung vows to stop disabling Windows Updates
With the Samsung software installed, users have to install Windows updates manually, but if they choose automatic ones, Samsung’s software disables it. The reason is apparently to ensure that Samsung’s hardware drivers were not removed or overridden by Microsoft upgrades.
This has evidently caused quite a stir on the Internet, but thankfully Samsung says that the issue will be fixed. “Samsung has a commitment to security and we continue to value our partnership with Microsoft”, the company said.
“We will be issuing a patch through the Samsung Software Update notification process to revert back to the recommended automatic Windows Update settings within a few days. Samsung remains committed to providing a trustworthy user experience and we encourage customers with product questions or concerns to contact us directly”.
When Windows 10 is released next month, Windows Update will apparently receive fixes continuously, and if you’re a consumer rather than business customer those updates will also be applied (as business users can opt out of this).
Samsung’s software disabling Windows updates means that people are going to be at risk of malware and viruses, but it might also affect system stability. Microsoft of course wants the Windows 10 update to go smoothly, and it’s likely that Samsung was on the receiving end of a few stern words from Microsoft about this latest issue.
If you own a Samsung computer, look out for updates in the next few days…
SOURCE: The Register.