Re: Score one for my pet theory...
We're not writing for average users.
Well whilst I appreciate knowing the details, I find it very helpful to simply point those who request my services and may find ZDNet too techy to tools such as GWX Control Panel.
Hence El Reg articles need really to serve two audiences: what I as a tech person should know and what I should be advising those I'm supporting to do. Remember time is money, so I will get paid for running a tool such as GWX Control Panel, but will have difficulty in fully recovering the time spent editing the registry, uninstalling KB's etc.