I'm one of those people who does Windows updates. I'll hold off for a week or two, but I do update sooner rather than later. The only time I got bit was when there was a power outage, and my uninterruptible power supply didn't have enough juice to keep the computer going for the duration of the "do not turn off your computer" phase. So here are my recommendations...

1. Don't do "update and shut down," do "update and restart." It feels like when you restart after an update, Windows already knows what your computer is up to, and doesn't have to figure it out all over again upon bootup.
2. When the update process starts, Windows may do mysterious things and give you no indication of what's happening. I find that's an excellent time to walk away from the computer and have lunch, clean up the studio, watch paint dry, etc. Then when I come back and find the Windows desktop, I rejoice.