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Caught Out Again By Auto Update Reboot

Posted by Andrew at 12:45 AM on March 29, 2012

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Dear Microsoft,

There’s a bug in your auto-update program that makes Windows 7 reboot the PC even when the program has been told not to restart the PC.

Last night, I was doing a full format of a 1 TB drive, which takes several hours to complete. Part way through, auto-update told me that it had installed new software and that a restart would be needed. I’m 100% sure that I clicked on the “Restart Later” button before heading off to bed with the format in progress. However, when I came into my PC this morning, it had rebooted and the format hadn’t finished. Now I won’t be able to do what I needed to do today because I’ll have to restart the format and wait several more hours.

Microsoft, how hard can this be? If I press the button “Restart later”, that means I’ll choose when to restart later, not the operating system. And besides, why can’t it check for obvious activity, like formats in progress or files not saved before rebooting the PC?

Please can you fix this for version 8? It’s almost enough to make me buy an Apple….

Yours sincerely,

Andrew

2 Comments

  1. From Enkanel at 6:38 am on March 29, 2012

    Hello, here is a trick that works for me on Windows 7 :)

    “Click the Start button, select Run…
    Type in “regedit” (without the quotes)
    Browse to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \Software\Policies \Microsoft\Windows \WindowsUpdate\AU
    Right click and create a new DWORD Value named “NoAutoRebootWithLoggedOnUsers” (without the quotes)
    Double-click this new value and set the Value data to 1″

    I found it here: http://www.geeked.info/index.php?s=noautorebootwithloggedonusers :)

  2. From JeromeJ at 2:12 am on March 30, 2012

    Hello,

    I heard, but I’m not sure because I don’t own a mac but a friend does, that it was even worse with some Apple which even don’t let you a minute to react before to reboot itself.
    Just sayin’ ;)