That's one of many things that annoys me about Windows. This notebook runs W7 because I just haven't gotten around to installing Linux yet. Linux would already be on it if it wouldn't hibernate. Ironically, the Linux tower gets shut down when I'm not using it, because when I boot it, all the apps and docs that were open when I shut it down reopen, and it enters its password for me. Hit the switch, pour a cup of coffee and it's good to go, as if it hadn't been shut down at all.
I wonder if Windows will ever catch up with Linux featurewise? I know of no features Windows has that Linux lacks, but Windows lacks quite a few features I consider absolutely necessary.
Since I don't use Word (Oo instead) I guess I don't have to worry about the Flash exploit so much. I'll update Flash when the Patch Tuesday forces a reboot (another feature Windows lacks -- Linux updates need no reboots).
It's amazing that people actually pay for an OS that is less capable than a free one! "You get what you pay for", my ass!