| By Susan Bradley |
As we start our back-to-school time of the year, many of you are purchasing Vista machines.
Vista handles patching just a little bit differently than the older versions of Windows, and I’ll tell you how.
Do Vista patches reboot with no control?
I’m investigating a complaint that was posted in an Aug. 2 blog entry by ZDNet’s David Berlind. He found his Vista machine applying patches and then rebooting — without him able to stop it. He aimed a camera at the screen and captured a video of the reboot dialog box.
I’m burning the midnight oils, watching a VMware version of an activated but unpatched copy of Vista to see if I can recreate his experience. I’ve personally been able to delay the rebooting of Vista up to fourhours simply by choosing a drop-down box and saying “patch later.”
But, to be fair, I was at that time logged in using Vista’s new “Administrator User,” not the “Standard User.” The latter is the account Berlind says in a follow-up comment he was using.
I did just the same, setting up Vista with a Standard User account. I’m not seeing Vista force me to install patches and reboot. Instead, it’s letting me install them when I shut down, just like XP’s Standard User account does. Figure 1 shows the button in Vista that, with a single click, installs updates for you and then shuts down Windows.