Yes, you did read that title right. For the very first time ever, updates in Windows may not be the legendary monsters that tear at you with claws of instantaneous reboots and bite with teeth of annoying pop-ups.

Among other features, Windows 8 is gearing up to improve the updates function. PCs running on Windows 8 will only restart when security updates are installed and require reboots. Thankfully, the aforementioned reboot should only take place about once a month, which won’t do much to hinder your regular PC use. This regular timing will give you a sense of when you should prepare for an update release. Of course, critical updates will be pushed and installed automatically outside of this monthly cycle, but hey: I’d rather spend my time rebooting for a few minutes (we all know how fast Windows 8 is at that) than to be susceptible to a virus going around.
One of the best parts about the new Windows Update is that after it has downloaded and installed security updates, you get an entire 3 days to do whatever you need to before a restart. This 72-hour period should be more than enough to save important work, and but it also keeps your computer secure.
Last but not least, the updated Windows Update (that was totally intentional) will also offer updates for 3rd party device drivers, with a common set of setup tools for each. All of these updates are carefully screened, and must adhere to the Windows conventions for updates regarding rollback and recovery, and overall system impact. This means streamlining updates for your PC, mouse, external hard drive, and any other peripherals you may have.