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Windows update does the same, no?

Windows Update leaves behind a lot of logs with KB entries, so I don't think they're trying to do anything secretly. If Microsoft changes your software, you know about it.

Nor is Apple. See other comments on this thread.

When I was at Microsoft, Windows' policy was only to kill applications like this with the explicit consent of the manufacturer (i.e. they were usually asking us to do it because they are unable to patch themselves, not the other way around), and only with a very specific version range.

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