Microsoft changes Windows files on user PCs without permission, researchers say

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| Although Microsoft did not immediately respond to a request for comment, Dunn
| provided Computerworld with a copy of an e-mail he said "Windows Secrets" had
| received from Microsoft's online partner support. In the message, Microsoft
| only hinted at a reason for the changes: "7.0.6000.381 is a consumer-only
| release that addresses some issues after .374 was released. It will not be
| available via WSUS [Windows Server Update Services]."


Windows Update's Sneaky Updates

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| "The only altered files that have been reported to date are 18 small
| executables used by WU itself. Microsoft is patching these files silently,
| even if auto-updates have been disabled on a particular PC."