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Force updates installation during shut-down? (Win 7-like)

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    Windows 8.1 Pro x64

    Force updates installation during shut-down? (Win 7-like)


    It seems that Windows 8 will only install some updates after a restart. No surprises here. However, since the Windows 8 "user" shutdown is not a real shutdown, but a hibernation (hence it will not be followed by a restart, and will not install updates), Windows 8 forces us to an extra restart/reboot. Is there a a way to simulate the logical behaviour of all previous Windows editions? That is, when updates that require a restart are installed, if the user shuts down, the updates get installed and the pc shuts down...
    Currently, my only away around this, is to select restart, wait... then enter the BIOS and turn off the pc there... Not intuitive. Hope this is clear, thanks.

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    North Wales
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    Win7 64-bit and Win8 32-bit in VM (+ others in VM)


    If you do the install, and then restart, Windows takes care of the rest - or you can wait 3 days when Windows will force the restart itself.
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    Toronto, Canada. Born in the U.K.
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    Win 10 Pro + Win 7 Ult SP1 (x64)


    Stop Fast Startup (a.k.a. Hybrid Boot) and your system will then shut down properly when you tell it to. A reboot will actually install the updates.
    Fast Startup - Turn On or Off in Windows 8
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    Posts : 47
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64


    Quote Originally Posted by NoelDP View Post
    If you do the install, and then restart, Windows takes care of the rest - or you can wait 3 days when Windows will force the restart itself.
    Thanks. That's what I'm trying to avoid. Unnecessary extra, or forced restarts.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ex_Brit View Post
    Stop Fast Startup (a.k.a. Hybrid Boot) and your system will then shut down properly when you tell it to. A reboot will actually install the updates.
    Fast Startup - Turn On or Off in Windows 8
    Thanks, this is a solution. It essentially restores the behaviour of all previous Windows versions, sacrificing the speed of Fast Startup. Wish there was a way/option for Windows 8 to automatically disable Fast Startup when there are updates to install, and then automatically re-enable it. It sounds so logical, yet Microsoft prefers (by default) to either leave the updates uninstalled for some days, of force an extra restart on the user. Doesn't make sense either for security, or user-friendliness.
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    Toronto, Canada. Born in the U.K.
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    Win 10 Pro + Win 7 Ult SP1 (x64)


    I found that 'sacrifice' hardly noticeable but of course that would vary from system to system. I leave it off all the time because it needs to be off for a multi-boot arrangement. I agree it seems odd that Microsoft would overlook such a thing, and I assume they haven't, but as yet haven't found any more info on the subject.
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