I find it slightly annoying as i have my steam and updates set to auto, i usually turn on my computer and go away and make a coffee while it boots etc. So its done when i get back or at least part way through, very convenient indeed!
But it seems my new tactic for S7 will be, anticipate this and never leave something to sign in and auto download. Assume the patch will break the game thus reading every languages forums (maybe just the German one will do eh?) and hope google translator works
It fixed it for me, i got a thing saying it was a steam product i was trying to install over, so i said OK (cant get any worse, right?). Then when installing i recieved a few messages about files possibly being wrong so i had to say ignore to carry on(maps.bba was one i believe). But the patch worked!