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Obscure setting gives users more control over Windows

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    Obscure setting gives users more control over Windows


    Windows has nasty habit of rebooting at worst moments. But new registry entry -- not mentioned by Microsoft -- lets users take control


    More of that info here.

    Obscure setting gives users more control over Windows auto-reboots | Microsoft windows - InfoWorld

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    USA, Idaho
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    Win 8, (VM win7, XP, Vista)


    Really don't see the point of this article. Had to read through it twice to get my brain to even understand why the author was writing the article. Hmmmm!, guess this ole' brain is getting worst than I thought.
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    64-bit Windows 10


    I had thought most people wanted to stop Windows from automatically restarting to finish installing Windows Updates, and manually restart when they wanted to??

    Windows Update - Enable or Disable Automatic Restart - Windows 7 Help Forums
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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Since I've used Windows 8 since September 2011, I LITERALLY have NEVER, been forced to restart to update in Windows 8. At all. I restart and update when I feel like, because that's how Windows 8 works over 7.

    7's updates were annoying, those bloody pop up boxes to restart....
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    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin


    That is because you have always done it before the 3 days.

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    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
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    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    I had thought most people wanted to stop Windows from automatically restarting to finish installing Windows Updates, and manually restart when they wanted to??

    Windows Update - Enable or Disable Automatic Restart - Windows 7 Help Forums
    You mean, other than just shutting off Automatic Updates? Just open the Control Panel go to Windows Updates, open it, and change it to "Never Check"?
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    Quote Originally Posted by XweAponX View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    I had thought most people wanted to stop Windows from automatically restarting to finish installing Windows Updates, and manually restart when they wanted to??

    Windows Update - Enable or Disable Automatic Restart - Windows 7 Help Forums
    You mean, other than just shutting off Automatic Updates? Just open the Control Panel go to Windows Updates, open it, and change it to "Never Check"?
    Nar. Some folks may still want Windows Update to automatically install them, but just not automatically restart the computer if needed when the count down runs out. You might be in the middle of doing something on PC, and wouldn't want it to restart on you like that.
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    Or even worse on a laptop with 15 percent battery left you want to try to conserve and you're nowhere near a power outlet; you hit Shut Down and BAM! "Windows is installing updates, please do not unplug or turn off your computer. Installing updates 1 of 22..."

    Oh my gosh.

    Back then in the days of 7, I would ALWAYS go through Windows Update and change settings to check for updates, but not to install them. The little icon in the notification tray would pop up and a bubble would notify the person of updates. Well, after I would install 7 on a laptop or desktop, (which was rare) and then months later I was doing some service on that PC, I would notice a lot of updates not installed, some updates not installed, or needs to be updated.

    Now in Windows 8, this situation basically never happens. When things update, you honestly can't tell, it's that seamless. If you need to restart, you have like two days with NO annoying popups about that. With Hybrid Boot, you usually can just shut down the PC and no go through the updating at restart. If you have the time, you can update and restart, as the power option in the Settings Charm says, "Update and Restart." I never even have to check Windows Update anymore.
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    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
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    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    I used to keep that setting "On" - It seemed like it would only restart when I wanted to. Maybe it depends on what update was installed?

    I have to have control over what and when I downdate, I usually do it on the day they release a particular downdate.
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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Huh?
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