Windows Update Service not rebooting / installing updates on Windows 2000 PC's

Posted on 2006-10-20
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Last Modified: 2010-08-05
Is there a way to force a Windows 2000 Pro /w SP4 to reboot or install the updates on shutdown after installing the Windows updates from a Windows Update Server installed on the local area network.

It seems the Windows 2000 Pro workstations aren't applying the updates, the Windows XP workstations are thou.

Question by:john_s99
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You set the GPO up to download and install on a schedule.  This GPO must be linked to an OU that contains all the PCs that you want to control with WSUS.

If this is the case, then be sure that you have selected Windows 2000 updates to be managed by WSUS.

The updates will apply and reboot provided there is nobody logged onto the workstation.


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What if the schedule is missed? i.e. if the schedule is set for 9am and someone turns on there PC at 9:15am will the system reboot automatically or will they be notified to reboot upon login?
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You should be leaving the workstations on at night through the week and schedule the updates for 3am.

Other than that, there are policy elements that account for this.  It can be set not to reboot after patching but it will nag the user to death until they do.  


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When the user is logged in they aren't prompted to reboot, but when the administrator is logged in they are prompted to reboot to install the update.

Is there a way to have the user be prompted to reboot for installing the updates?
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Netman66 earned 1000 total points
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I think the option is there:

Computer Config>Admin Templates>Windows Components>Windows Update :: Allow non-administrators to receive update notification = Enabled


Computer Config>Admin Templates>Windows Components>Windows Update :: re-prompt for restart with scheduled installations.


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