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Go Blue
11-09-2005, 04:19 AM
The automatic updates are definitely good, but this stupid thing keeps coming up by itself once every few minutes saying the comptuer will restart in 5 minutes unless I want to do it later. If I choose to do later, it comes up again in a few minutes saying it will restart in 5 minutes unless I want to do it later and so on. I can't get rid of it. It's the yellow shield with the exclamation point in the bottom right of the task bar. I don't mind restarting, but I'm doing something and I'm away from the computer every once in a while and I don't need it to restart. I can do that a little bit later on my own. Anyway, right clicking on the icon in the bottom right brings up no menu, it simply opens up the thing again asking me to restart. What the hell?

OrcaDK
11-09-2005, 04:24 AM
This is the bane of SP2. I don't think there's anything you can do. I'm sticking needles in my Gates vodoo doll each time this happens, but still, i think you just gotta restart.

BluffTHIS!
11-09-2005, 05:10 AM
It did it to me a while ago too when I was playing online. I quite soon after and restarted. When I did so for some reason my Norton firewall did not start and so I restarted the computer again and all was OK. I've had this happen with Norton's once or twice before and if you just try to enable it, it doesn't seem to work necessitating a restart.

Neuge
11-09-2005, 05:16 AM
Right-click the My Computer icon on the desktop and select Properties. Then click the Automatic Updates tab and select an option other than Automatic. You need to be on top of downloading and/or installing them yourself if you choose another option though.

BluffTHIS!
11-09-2005, 05:21 AM
Though it probably isn't much of a risk if you are careful where you surf and what you open attachment-wise, auto updates from MS and from Norton's or whatever other virus/spyware service you have are to protect you from urgent threats just identified. But MS's software updates certainly aren't urgent.

Neuge
11-09-2005, 05:33 AM
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Though it probably isn't much of a risk if you are careful where you surf and what you open attachment-wise, auto updates from MS and from Norton's or whatever other virus/spyware service you have are to protect you from urgent threats just identified. But MS's software updates certainly aren't urgent.

[/ QUOTE ]Sometimes they are, which is what I meant by "keep on top it." If you're going to turn the updates off Automatic you should keep aware of when a critical update is going to be released. Perhaps I was a little too vague.

JDErickson
11-09-2005, 01:26 PM
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The automatic updates are definitely good, but this stupid thing keeps coming up by itself once every few minutes saying the comptuer will restart in 5 minutes unless I want to do it later. If I choose to do later, it comes up again in a few minutes saying it will restart in 5 minutes unless I want to do it later and so on. I can't get rid of it. It's the yellow shield with the exclamation point in the bottom right of the task bar. I don't mind restarting, but I'm doing something and I'm away from the computer every once in a while and I don't need it to restart. I can do that a little bit later on my own. Anyway, right clicking on the icon in the bottom right brings up no menu, it simply opens up the thing again asking me to restart. What the hell?

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Is there a reason why you couldn't just restart? problem solved.

I absolutely do not recommend turning off auto updates. I set mine to automatically install at 3:00 am to avoid interferring with my normal hours.

astroglide
11-09-2005, 01:36 PM
don't disable it, just set it to notify instead. it won't ask to reboot until you manually authorize their installation.

Freakin
11-09-2005, 04:14 PM
I think the setting is somewhere in your policy. run gpedit.msc and look at local machine, administrative.

NorthernGuy
11-09-2005, 05:02 PM
Yes, set it to notify when there are updates. Or, set a time to update when you won't be busy playing poker... when the computer might be idle.

astroglide
11-09-2005, 05:07 PM
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I think the setting is somewhere in your policy. run gpedit.msc and look at local machine, administrative.

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maybe he should whip up some quick vbscript to automate the process!

or maybe he could just use control panel / system / automatic updates where it is as plain as day.

Go Blue
11-09-2005, 06:51 PM
Thanks for the help everyone. This is a much better option. And by the way, I wasn't looking to disable the updates, just to get this very setting where I can restart manually. I just wasn't sure where to find it. Thanks again.

Freakin
11-09-2005, 07:05 PM
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I think the setting is somewhere in your policy. run gpedit.msc and look at local machine, administrative.

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maybe he should whip up some quick vbscript to automate the process!

or maybe he could just use control panel / system / automatic updates where it is as plain as day.

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I was just referring to the annoying restart pop-up. Some people prefer to have updates completely automated.

Obviously, the best solution is to control updates yourself.

astroglide
11-09-2005, 07:11 PM
ah ok. i was just giving you [censored].