Samsung will stop blocking Microsoft software updates ‘within a few days’

Owners of Samsung PCs will begin receiving automatic software updates from Microsoft again soon, 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 Friday.

It said it was committed to providing “a trustworthy user experience” and that 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.

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