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    Stopping the Restart (XP any)

    Hi Loungers,

    When downloading MS updates, it seems that a restart is usually required. I'd rather perform this when I'm ready and not be asked repeatedly whether I'd like to restart now or later.

    So 2 questions:

    1. Is there a way to cancel the restart reminder (and the restart itself)? There must be some process running that I could cancel but not sure what it is (I looked and none of the process names jumps out as the one to cancel).

    2. As I've sometimes done in the past, I accidentally clicked Restart Now as I was doing things. I'd like to cancel that and today I actually did something, no idea what, to cancel the restart. Of course, I'm back in the now/later situation.

    TIA

    Fred

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    Re: Stopping the Restart (XP any)

    Thanks Hans,

    Per the blog that followed that article, this is only for XP Pro. Does not seem like there's the equivalent for XP Home, which is what I have. I did note the first approach in the article, but this does not seem to address the pop-msg issue. I also noticed the response in the blog that said you may as well run services.msc but the "Automatic Updates" service does not appear to deal just with the msg.

    Fred

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    Re: Stopping the Restart (XP any)

    If you will always have someone logged on to the PC in question, you could try the latter registry 'fix' documented in my RTF writeup, attached...

    It leaves the "Restart?" window on the screen, but you can ignore it or move it as far off the desktop as you like (I use it on our two servers) - it won't actually perform the restart.
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    Re: Stopping the Restart (XP any)

    Thanks BATcher.

    I will give this a try but can't get to it now.

    Fred

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    Re: Stopping the Restart (XP any)

    You didn't mention Home in the subject of your post <img src=/S/sad.gif border=0 alt=sad width=15 height=15>

    Although Microsoft states that the following will only work on systems that use WSUS (Windows Server Update Services), I found some claims that it works on stand-alone XP Home machines, so you might give it a try:
    - Create a text file with the following contents.
    <code>
    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREPoliciesMicrosoftWindows WindowsUpdateAU]
    "RebootRelaunchTimeoutEnabled"=dword:00000000
    "NoAutoRebootWithLoggedOnUsers"=dword:00000001
    </code>
    - Rename the text file to have an extension of .reg
    - Open the .reg file and confirm.

    I haven't tried it myself.

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    Re: Stopping the Restart (XP any)

    Sorry, BATcher, I hadn't noticed that you had posted this while I was composing <post:=733,049>post 733,049</post:>.

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    Re: Stopping the Restart (XP any)

    Fear not, yours is a variant!
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    Re: Stopping the Restart (XP any)

    Wile you may be able to stop the reboot you should consider whether you really want to. The reason you need to reboot is that the PC is in a partially updated position. There are one or more files in use that need to be updated but can't until your system is restarted and the files may be changed. Using a system that is partially updated can result in errors or unexpected responses. It is generally better to reboot as soon as is reasonable and not put if off.

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