ok i got in on this late, but you all need to read your EULA's a bit better, first off, you dont own windows, you pay for the right to use windows, ms can at any time change your os or the EULA, they own it they can do what they like with it, if you dont like it then install desktop bsd and be done with it.
this isnt to big an issue to me, ms didnt update my system when i got back online, infact i was watching for it all day, i dont use auto update, i do it manualy, but then again i use windows 2003 server not xp(hate xp, hate vista.......*hugs his 2003 server* )
and from what i was reading the update was just to ms update files and acctualy was done to close some critical holes that could be exploited by hackers to crash or gain access to your system, so to me that kind of forced update i can live with, where it an update that could totaly fubar windows, then i wouldnt be to keen on it, but i have yet to see a problem with ms update software being updated
dont you realise that ms can fully dissable vista if it even thinks your doing something they dont like?
read your EULA, your not even allowed to work around buggs in vista its against the eula, hence dispite ms GIVING ME VISTA ULTIMET i wont use it, my 2003 works great as it is, and they cant dissable the gfx card if they think im pirating movies or something.........drm sucks!!!!!