Winpatrol v12.2.2007 was made available for download on Friday. This new version will now alert you if changes are made to your Automatic Update settings. Like most features, the intention is to protect users from changes made by malicious programs. As a side however, it will also detect if Microsoft or one of their applications decide to change these settings without your knowledge.
My personal preference for Automatic Updates, like Bill P of Winpatrol is to ‘Check for Updates, but let me choose whether to download and install them‘.
See Bills blog, Bits From Bill for the full lowdown