My position is if I choose to disableWindows Update completely, then I means hands-off my windows installation. This means NO communication with the Windows Update server whatsoever, no modification on my windows installation, i.e., no self-update and no update list updates either.
All these other thing that Clinton choose to justify Window Update self-update are related, but irrelevant. Clinton is talking about managing Window Update if you elected to choose to use it. I will say that if I choose to be notified but not automatic installation, I do NOT want Windows Update to update itself. Find another strategy to manage Windows Update without self-update.
Bottom line: You ask me whether I want to “disable”, I said yes. With this, I elected not to even want to know whether an update is available.