I have Windows set to notify me when updates are available, but to neither update nor install automatically.
This is partly because I don't run Windows full time. I'm mostly a linux person. Automatic updates depend on the system running Windows in the wee small hours.
On my laptop, there's an additional reason. The last thing I want is to be unable to shut the system down and to have to miss the plane because Windows is doing updates. If an update becomes available when travelling, I would normally prefer to wait till I am back home before installing.
On linux, I disable the update notifier, and manually check for updates every few days.
Does this make me a control freak? -- AT&T Uverse; Zyxel NBG334W router (behind the 2wire gateway); openSuSE 12.2; firefox 15.0.1