I have never kept my studio PC on line. Since the beginning…Cubase in 1997 I have never experienced any “performance” issue…ever. I don’t do orchestra, but I don’t believe I do lightweight projects either. I use lots of UAD, Waves, Lexicon verbs, and NI.
Sure, that makes it way more difficult for updates. Doing all the transfers is a royal pain. Having to re-install everything when I installed a new C-drive SSD took days. Plus “purifying” the never ending files I receive from clients is a pain. But I have never had any viruses ever. And those nagging Windows 10 ad’s aren’t an issue. I know I’m a huge minority. For perspective, Arturia told me as far as their customer, I’m in the 5% club. (this is after I chastised them for advertising a off-line update procedure that was not functioning for about a month.)
What is the benefit of all this pain? I’m not advocating doing what I do. I would guess 95% of on-line users have never even had a virus…in recent times. But I do wonder about the occasional and somewhat common Cubase performance issues I read about over the past 19 years when a new update is released.
What would be nice is if Microsoft could explain in a bit more detail as to whether or not the optional updates will benefit a off-line user. The vast majority of updates are for on-line users and I believe usually are security issues. Sure, I welcome any improvement, but I can’t always distinguish an improvement from what I read as just a security update. And there are hundreds of these to wade through.