Samsung will Stop Blocking Microsoft Updates

Thursday, July 2, 2015 @ 02:07 PM gHale

Owners of Samsung PCs will begin receiving automatic software updates from Microsoft again, after Samsung said it will end its practice of blocking automatic Windows Updates on its computers.

“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 said.

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It said it was committed to providing “a trustworthy user experience” and it values its partnership with Microsoft.

It’s a quick turnaround from earlier this week, when researcher Patrick Barker reported on an auspiciously named application called “Disable_Windowsupdate.exe” that runs on Samsung PCs as part of the company’s SW Update service. As its name implies, the program disables automatic updates from Microsoft’s software patching service, and requires people to manually install individual patches if they want to update their PC.

The Samsung program runs whenever a PC with it installed starts up, which means anyone who re-enables automatic updates will have them disabled again when the computer gets rebooted. It didn’t come pre-installed, but users would want to install the SW Update app that installs it so that they can receive driver updates from Samsung.

At the time this came to light, a Samsung told Barker the service was a move to prevent Windows Update from installing default drivers that would break features like USB 3.0 ports. The company added it wasn’t preventing Windows users from receiving updates, it was just allowing them to choose what updates they installed and when.