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    Two nights ago, I put my computer to sleep, pulled the cord, went to bed, and when I woke up, it was totally shut down with all the power out. I suspect it had woken itself up, installed a bunch of updates, and before it could finish, the battery died.

    Last night, in the middle of the night, my computer woke me up at 3:30 am when I heard it shutting down, restarting, and then a message saying “installing update 1 of 3” or something like that. I did have the power cord plugged in last night, and so it went through the whole process.

    I suspect one of those windows saying “Your computer will shut down unless you say no in 30 seconds” appeared. Because I was not awake, I didn’t click “no” and so it went through the process, shutting down all of my files.

    The odd thing is, this morning, my computer was fully awake, a full hour and a half after the updates were installed, even though I have the computer set to go to sleep after 45 minutes of inactivity. Why is this?

    Also, is there a way to tell Windows not to install updates or restart my computer without my permission?

    I think*** I put my computers to sleep last night and the night before, but am not 100% positive.

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    JMT

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    In the Automatic Updates settings in Control Panel you can tell the computer not to download or install, only to notify. This is the only "safe" setting if you want control.

    cheers, Paul

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    Lots of articles on preventing restart after updates by Googling for "prevent automatic restart updates" or similar!
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    There was the culprit! It was automatically set to download and install at 3 am each day. I'm really surprised Windows was able to wake up from hibernation at 3 am and perform all those tasks.
    P.S. In my Control Panel (Vista Home Premium), it shows up as Windows Update.

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