All my updates - windows, linux, apps - are "tell me and I'll do it myself when I'm ready" - usually as soon as I know but it saves the updates a) interfering with what I'm doing and b) allows me to remove items from an update that I do not trust (eg windows malevolent removal tool).
As to printer drivers: a few years ago I bought a Brother printer/scanner. Since Windows was then my everyday machine I tried to install the drivers on a Windows desktop. I could get either the printer OR the scanner working, not both. Moved it across to Linux, read a couple of forums, downloaded suitable drivers as per instructions thereon and it all worked - and has been working virtually trouble-free ever since. I say "virtually" because the remaining windows machine tends to lose its login to the linux machine when it's re-booted: not a problem because we know about it.
On a recent installation on a new machine I switched to Mint from Ubuntu (because of the nasty new desktop on ubuntu 12) and installed and was running within a few hours. Of course, it took a couple of weeks before I had everything I needed installed, but that's always so on all machines I install for my own use.
Early in the new year I will be switching a desktop and a laptop from ubuntu lucid to Mint (probably wait until v14 is more stable rather than 13 which I'm using now on the new machine). I would like to dump windows completely but there is one problem with a foot pedal that I still haven't solved for one machine's usage and another is required as a local web site test server (my online web server is windows).
If anyone knows a good app for linux that runs web server ASP scripts I would really like to know!