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Samsung promises patch to re-enable Windows Update on its PCs

Samsung has told TrustedReviews it plans to release a patch for its Windows machines that’ll re-enable the Windows Update feature, after secretly installing a file on owners’ machines that blocked the crucial tool.

Earlier this week, a Microsoft MVP pointed out Samsung had been serendipitously installing a file called Disable_Windowsupdate.exe onto user’s machines, which shut out Microsoft’s central update hub within Windows 8.1.

The file, which is part of Samsung’s own software update tools, was designed to ensure only compatible apps and drivers were installed on its PCs and laptops.

The idea seemed to be to keep machines safe, secure and functioning efficiently, but had the unfortunate side effect of shutting out Microsoft from its own platform.

Adding more fuel to the controversy, the software (which arrived bearing Samsung’s security certificate) wasn’t built into Samsung’s PCs, but downloaded in the background via an online update.

Now, after denying the reports in a previous statement, Samsung has promised the patch will “revert back to the recommended automatic Windows Update settings” and will arrive within a few days.

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The statement, attributed to a Samsung spokesperson, reads: “Samsung has a commitment to security and we continue to value our partnership with Microsoft.

“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 remains committed to providing a trustworthy user experience and we encourage customers with product questions or concerns to contact us directly at 1-800-SAMSUNG.”

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