Automatic Updates

Is anyone else clicking “restart later” every 10 minutes, after the most recent Windows update? Going on 3 days or so, still haven’t rebooted. This popup is driving me crazy.

32 Responses to “Automatic Updates”

  1. 2 mark April 12, 2008 at 5:52 am

    dude – just reboot the fecker and be done with it – i hate the fact that if you’re not around to see it it will reboot your machine on a 60sec timeout. I’m impressed with your longevity at the ‘board man!

  2. 3 fuzzymemoryCOM April 12, 2008 at 7:34 am

    Funny, because I remember your Anti-Mac rant a few months back… that said, many of your complaints were about the MacBook hardware.

    Also, you are smart enough to know better than install an update before the first two patches to fix the update are released. I’m sure there are some critical bugs in the update that you will find out in the next. . .

    eh, Would you like to reboot now?

  3. 4 Anonymous April 12, 2008 at 8:02 am

    restart the damed machine… stop the pain…

  4. 5 Kees April 12, 2008 at 11:24 am

    I use this alert message as a time management tool, to ensure I spend every ten minutes of my time well.

  5. 6 Anonymous April 12, 2008 at 1:09 pm

    What happens if you just don’t click anything? Doesn’t it get to the point where it counts down to when it will restart on its own?

  6. 7 alley April 12, 2008 at 3:45 pm

    I have vista, so I get to tell it to remind me in four hours, then it usually ends up doing it when I shut down at night, but it is very annoying. YOu’d think that after shelling out for the computer, they’de let you decide when to turn it off.

  7. 8 Anonymous April 12, 2008 at 4:38 pm

    Umm.. why?

  8. 9 Anonymous April 13, 2008 at 4:38 am

    I’ve got a solution fo ya. Hit “reboot” next time 🙂

  9. 11 Anonymous April 13, 2008 at 3:45 pm


    Cordially yours,

    S. Jobs

  10. 12 Anonymous April 13, 2008 at 7:28 pm

    Why are you using micro$slop? Heard of Linux? Unix?

  11. 13 admin April 14, 2008 at 2:48 am

    No vista ehh?

    Yes, I’m addicted to the “restart later” option too.. but mainly becuase windows doesn’t have a “restore all my sh*t” feature (like Firefox)..

    and automatic updates have killed many of my unsaved files.. lost forever..

  12. 14 Anonymous April 14, 2008 at 5:14 am

    I usually just pull it as far down into the start meny bar that i cant see it anymore, without clicking any alternative.

  13. 15 Anonymous April 14, 2008 at 7:48 am

    Yes! I hate when that happens! However, try just grabbing an edge of the message and slide it as far as you can off screen and forget about the little bit that’s left. Or, you know, actually reboot to apply the update like we all do cause we’re security minded…. 😉

  14. 16 Scott Hartsman April 14, 2008 at 1:34 pm

    I think my current record for keeping that active was at my last job – About a month.

    Just move it off to the right so it’s barely on the screen. No need to click every 10 minutes. 🙂

    – Scott

  15. 17 Anonymous April 15, 2008 at 12:35 pm

    How about rebooting?


  16. 18 alex Papanastassiou April 15, 2008 at 4:00 pm

    Yep! It’s a pain especially when working on something that you don’t want to interrupt like for example research on the web with dozens of tabs on Firefox that you don’t want to shut down just yet… An example of poor design since it should allow the user to request not to be bothered again IMHO…

  17. 19 Me April 18, 2008 at 4:00 pm

    You are truly an idiot.
    Reboot the damn machine!
    What do you do when you’re done taking a crap? Wait for a dozen people to tell you to flush?
    Truly an idiot.
    Must have gone to public school.

  18. 20 Johnny Yen April 19, 2008 at 4:37 am

    Yeah…it’s really great to close down the 15 apps you have open just to restart the damn machine. Why do some people think they(and their usage habits) are the only ones.

    I have just stopped installing updates when i’m doing something important.

  19. 21 Daryl April 28, 2008 at 6:39 am

    Quick note:

    If you don’t want Windows to bug you about restarting, run the Group Policy editor (just type GPEDIT.MSC in the run box).

    Computer Configuration > Admin Templates > Windows Components > Windows Update

    Set the policy named “No auto-restart for scheduled Automatic Updates installations” to “Enabled” and you’ll never see that little window again.

  20. 22 Brian April 28, 2008 at 5:27 pm

    If you must continue to run without rebooting and also want to get rid of that popup, then…

    Type ‘services.msc’
    Right click on ‘Automatic Updates’ and choose ‘Stop’
    Problem solved (no more popup)
    That is, until you can actually reboot

    Of course, with this service stopped, you will get no more notifications of updates. However, it won’t matter anyway as your system can’t be updated in that state without a reboot.

  21. 23 John May 5, 2008 at 3:59 pm

    I just drag it out of site to the very edge/bottom of my screen.

  22. 24 Phob May 9, 2008 at 10:32 am


  23. 25 khushi May 17, 2008 at 8:49 am

    OMGGGG…im soooo angry on dat fkin..automatic updatessssss!!!!!!! u kow what happened???? i was nicely sitting hearing u tube videos…and everything was goin on nicely!<# then one day when i went to turn off my computer, it came likethis..” turn off ur computyer by installing automatic updates” then i did it! ad they said…n when the other day i sat on computer, my u tube wasnt even working…videos were disabled…n the text in google was very big….there were errors everywhere..Im soo angry guys…please if u have any suggestion for me or wanna help? then pls email me @ << dats my yahoo id!! pleaseeeeeeeeeee =[

  24. 26 Tampa Guy May 24, 2008 at 8:45 pm

    So – exactly what is it you’re trying to prove?

    Same to all you other guys who make lame excuses.


  25. 27 Espen May 25, 2008 at 8:21 am

    Sucks when you’re playing CS or WoW.

  26. 28 Kevin Carson May 31, 2008 at 12:28 am

    Tampa Guy: What are YOU trying to prove? Two different people here have pointed out that sometimes it’s inconvenient to close all your open browsers and applications on short notice, especially on orders from a fucking machine. Or can’t you read?

    While we’re on the subject of the loathsome human garbage Bill Gates, be sure you scan through your automatic updates to see what they actually are before you click “download.” I’ve repeatedly refused Genuine Advantage, and clicked “don’t show this option again,” and the Redmond Cancer still tries to sneak it past me every once in a while. They really want to force that crap on anyone they possibly can.

  27. 29 Chi Guy July 4, 2008 at 1:17 pm

    Problem went away for me, but when I did have it, I dragged the Automatic Updates box off the screen as far as it would go – just a sliver poking up at the bottom, pretty much not even there – rather than clicking either of the buttons… then just continued to work as usual.

  28. 30 Amy July 9, 2008 at 1:44 pm

    I still cannot understand how you losers keep using windows(tm) update. Figures.

  29. 31 Mike August 11, 2008 at 4:12 pm

    I can’t believe nobody’s posted the answer to this yet:

    Start/Run (or Window-key R)
    net stop “automatic updates”


  30. 32 DW August 14, 2008 at 5:02 pm

    I use Linux (and have for many years). The update tools in Debian are great. Instead of just upgrading your OS, it updates all of your apps too, all in one shot. No need to go around updating each individual app. And it doesn’t force you to reboot, doesn’t constantly pressure you into rebooting, and doesn’t automatically reboot. And, of course, most updates don’t require a reboot. It’s usually just the kernel upgrades.

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