They are? Really? That’s funny my wife and kid are still on win7 just fine and the kids machine is still on 7 and gets scheduled updates. My guess is people were not paying attention the update configuration and opted to automatically install optional updates as well which while poor form from Microsoft it isn’t all their fault either. The surface update was FIRMWARE which is not the same thing as an OS patch. That is a hardware fix and that can go south if you are not paying attention even on the best of days. And failed to install error, that happened in vista, win7 win8, XP… so? A reboot usually fixed it but this looks like there are some bugs they are working out with the process gee imagine that for early adopters,(and this is still early adoption phase even if it is RTM) which is going to happen because as much as you test there are still things you don’t find till you break things when rolling out to the masses as the testers usually have better habit than most people. The same kind of issues I remember from XP, Vista, 7, etc, etc. Heck even with Linux and OSX.
Hell the fact that ALL OS’s need patches should give you a clue this shit will never ever work perfectly. It is a big ugly mess that works darn near all the time though. Lets us send message over the intertubes, play TF2, watch videos on demand.
Or maybe we should leave our machines unpatched and an easy mark for malware and botnets?