Why the need to reboot after updating Windows?

Susan bradley By Susan Bradley

Not so long ago, Microsoft promised that fewer Windows patches would require restarting the system to complete their installation.

Microsoft clearly hasn’t delivered on that promise, so PC users need to take steps to ensure that they don’t lose data due to unexpected post-update reboots.

Let’s face it, we all hate rebooting. At best, rebooting requires that you start your work session over. At worst, if you’ve set Windows to update automatically, any open documents may close without giving you a chance to save your information.

In 2005, Microsoft started talking about a new restart manager to be built into Vista to ensure that fewer operating-system and application updates would require a reboot. In an Eweek interview at the time, Jim Allchin, former Microsoft co-president of the Platform Products and Services Group, boasted how much this technology would change the game.

But Microsoft’s promises of fewer or no reboots were a lot of hot air. For example, let’s look at Internet Explorer, although the same idea holds for any software you update.

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Susan Bradley

About Susan Bradley

Susan Bradley is a Small Business Server and Security MVP, a title awarded by Microsoft to independent experts who do not work for the company. She's also a partner in a California CPA firm.