Microsoft offers users four basic modes to select from when accessing the Windows Update configurator from Windows' Control Panel. In automatic mode, the download and installation take place on their own, and the opportunity to consent to or refuse specific updates comes up only in connection with the End User License Agreement (EULA) from Microsoft. ZDNet's David Berlind takes a closer look at EULAs in his blog, including the question of whether the agreement accurately communicates the intent and behavior of the software, as well as the ramifications of not accepting it.
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