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Group policy-Windows Updates-"Delay Restart for scheduled installations" need help

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Is it possible to modify the "delay restart for scheduled installations" to a value greater than the 30 minutes (it only allows 30 mins max in the policy).

It causes problems in my school where they go out for lunch or whatever and ocme back and find that hteir work that they didnt save has been lost.

If i disable the setting some of the machines dont restart for months (basically they will leave them on till it starts playing up) so the security updates wont gett applied quick enough. ideally i would like to give it say 8 hours before forcing an update and im hoping there is some sort of hack or reg edit that may allow this?
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by:Jay_Jay70
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dadd0012,

i havent seen it done..maybe its worth setting a policy that the kids simply have to deal with saving their work..sounds rough but hey its a reality

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James
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that would be nice :) its actually a university and my biggest problem is the academics that cant accept a simple practice like that . I just spent an hour arguing with the dean as he wants the updates stopped because he lost a doc he didnt save lol
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ah man i feel for you.....I am not aware of a way to change this timeout though, presumeably you are limited by the initial GPO options......do the students shut down the machines each night?
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its all post grad / research and academic /  support staff here and nope in most cases they leave them on for months until something goes wrong.
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I wonder if its worth scripting a solution that will force a shutdown with installation of updates..if you are interested i can seek some scripting help
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like a daily shutdown or something?
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indeed or even a weekly after hours
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any idea wether if i set the update to install at say 6pm wether if the machine is off itt will install and restart when it boots back into windows that may save some headaches
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there is a policy in there that specifies that behaviour - jsut cant remember the name off hand.
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