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    Windows Auto Update (WinXP)

    Hi all, this is driving me absolutely nuts! Somehow at some point I seem to have told the computer to update Windows automatically and reboot the computer as soon as it's finished.

    Now I wouldn't mind this if it wasn't for the fact that when it comes up with the message that says "You need to reboot, reboot now or later?" and I say 'later', it only goes away for a few minutes then comes back again, saying "I'm going to reboot in five minutes unless you stop me" - and it invariably does this when my Spysweeper and AntiSpyware sweeps are in full swing, my nightly data back up has started and I'm just about to go to bed and leave it to it! I know perfectly well tomorrow morning I'll have a rebooted computer, a corrupted backup and at least two very disgruntled antispyware programs!!

    So, someone, <img src=/S/grovel.gif border=0 alt=grovel width=31 height=23> PLEASE <img src=/S/grovel.gif border=0 alt=grovel width=31 height=23> tell me where to look to switch off the <img src=/w3timages/censored.gif alt=censored border=0> <img src=/w3timages/censored.gif alt=censored border=0> auto reboot switch!!!!!

    <img src=/S/hairout.gif border=0 alt=hairout width=31 height=23> Arrrgghhh <img src=/S/nuts.gif border=0 alt=nuts width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Windows Auto Update (WinXP)

    Start>Control Panel>Security Center>Automatic Updates and uncheck Automatic. You can then select either Download but let me choose when to install or Notify me but don't automatically download or install them. You can also turn off Automatic Updates completely but that's probably not a good idea (you want at least to be notified when updates are available).

    Added: If you automatically download and install updates, I don't think there is any way to disable the <img src=/w3timages/censored.gif alt=censored border=0> <img src=/w3timages/censored.gif alt=censored border=0> auto reboot switch.
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    Re: Windows Auto Update (WinXP)

    I've never had Automatic Updates trigger a forced reboot. The "annoying" popup is there, lurking, waiting, and doing what it does best: pestering me to do what I shoulda done after installing updates. I wasn't aware that Windows could reboot without answering the prompt that appears, though.
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    Re: Windows Auto Update (WinXP)

    Thank you, John! And no, I don't think there is either!
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    Re: Windows Auto Update (WinXP)

    Well, it does that on a frequent basis for me!

    Are you sure you'd be aware of a reboot if you didn't see it happen? If you are better organised than me and close things down before leaving the machine each time it might look pretty much the same when you came back to it; I'm only noticing it now particularly because I'm not working so I've turned 'nocturnal' and I'm often still here at 3am when it was set to go - normally I would at least have saved everything so it didn't matter if it rebooted, even if I did leave programs running otherwise.

    Anyway, it's now set to wait for me to tell it to do downloads!
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    Re: Windows Auto Update (WinXP)

    If you look in the System Event Log (using Event Viewer) you will see three records (usually) for a normal shutdown followed by a normal restart. The Source is "eventlog" and the records are numbered 6006 then 6009 and 6005. The first relates to a normal shutdown, and the next two to the startup.

    Amazing what you find in there!

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    Re: Windows Auto Update (WinXP)

    That's interesting. I would certainly know if a reboot happened in my absence because of the way I work - I leave windows open and have programs that don't run at startup. Without fail, everything is there when I return and wake the system up to get something done.
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    Re: Windows Auto Update (WinXP)

    Hmm - well, in that case the only alternative is that you've not updated recently, isn't it? Have you tried running Windows Update manually to see if it says you need anything?
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    Re: Windows Auto Update (WinXP)

    Two days ago, I installed the WMF vulnerability patch. After the installation, I chose not to restart my PC. Windows Update periodically displayed a nag screen, but even if I was away from my PC, it didn't restart it - I would have noticed if it had since I have a BIOS password on my PC.

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    Re: Windows Auto Update (WinXP)

    Well, mine came up with a status bar and a countdown from 5 minutes and basically said unless you stop me I'm going to reboot in 5 minutes. It did, too.

    Which means it sounds like there is a way to stop the computer rebooting automatically - and surely somebody must know where it is!

    Please tell me!!
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    Re: Windows Auto Update (WinXP)

    MSKB article How to configure automatic updates by using Group Policy or registry settings describes how to turn of the automatic restart. If you have XP Home, you can only use the registry method, since the group policy editor is only available in XP Pro.

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    Re: Windows Auto Update (WinXP)

    This has got me wondering, because I don't recall ever changing a group policy or the registry to disable auto-rebooting. Perhaps Pro does not do this automagically by default?
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    Re: Windows Auto Update (WinXP)

    I have XP Home, and I am certain that I have never fiddled with this registry setting (in fact, the registry key mentioned in the MSKB article doesn't exist on my PC). Microsoft Update doesn't reboot automatically.

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    Re: Windows Auto Update (WinXP)

    I am in the same boat as Hans. We have 4 machines with Home version and none that I know of have ever rebooted on their own.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Windows Auto Update (WinXP)

    As others have said, I'm certain I never 'fiddled' with the registry to set this and in fact (as also noted) the key didn't exist on my machine - but it sure as heck does now!!

    I won't know whether it's worked until the next time there's an automatic update, but I'll let you know what happens then!

    Many thanks, Hans!!
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