How can I stop Mandatory Automatic Restarts after I do a Windows Updates?
Posted on 2006-04-20
In Windows it used to be that when you do an automatic update, sometimes it would finish and let you close the window, sometimes depending on the update being installed you would be given the popup dialog asking to restart now or later. If you choose later it will ask again in 10 minutes and keep asking until you restart. So lately there are some updates done on servers that HAVE to have a restart done after the install, and there is no way to stop it from happening. It restarts within 5 minutes. This happens to a lot of people and a lot of different companies, we come in to work in the morning and see that servers have been restarted. We get pages in the middle of the night saying the servers are down. I didn't tell Microsoft to restart my computer, people are using them even at night and when they get restarted automatically it causes a drop in production and starts a panic.
So, is there a way to stop the servers from restarting automatically after these updates? I have searched and searched. I have found nothing that works. Others are asking the same question, yet I see no real answers. If it is impossible, then fine, I'll leave it at that and go on still believing that Microsoft sucks as always. At least they keep me in a job though huh? :-)
I am using Windows 2003, 2000 and XP on a Windows 2000 domain. I am setting up WSUS, everything works perfect except it restarts machines automatically after I push certain installs.