I thought only those with illegal Windows saw any point in turning automatic updates off. Wize for them. If update manually just be sure to do it - and make a list of those updates you dont want. Will be around zero which is where it should be, this one you do want for example
You can turn off "Recommended updates" as in not seeing them and they are never forced. And you can tell update to "Check for updates but let me choose whether to download and install them". Makes more sense than to disable but not necessarily a must if you have much focus on Windows updates. Most do not and eventually will skip/forget, including security updates. Not so good with Windows.
Anyway, when there is a problem find the right solution so go here http://support.microsoft.com/kb/954430
and go down to "issues". There is the endless loop. You end up here http://support.microsoft.com/kb/941729/
where they show how to fix it. Other fix for other issue is to install manual, from here http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details...;displaylang=en