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Windows update restart timer being hidden by open applications

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We have a WSUS environment set up that is working correctly on most computers. It installs updates at 4PM then will start a 30 minute countdown timer for restart if it is required. This is working correctly. On one Windows 7 Dell Laptop, the countdown timer will not become the active window. If there is another application open ( I tested with Notepad) the user will not see the notification because it is behind the open application window. If I close notepad, I will see the notification timer.
This is obviously causing problems because the computer is getting restarted without the user knowing.

I don't think this is a windows update problem, but some type of display issue on the laptop. Not sure where to look though.
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by:dstewartjr
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Then schedule windows updates to install at a more convenient time (When they are at home)

Look over:

Managing the WSUS Automatic Updates Client Download, Install, and Reboot Behavior with Group Policy

https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc512630.aspx
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by:schilste
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The policy is working exactly how we want. The only problem is one laptop. The timer is being hidden by open applications on the problem computer. It is as if the notification is not being sent to the top as it is on all other computers.
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"The policy is working exactly how we want. "

Do you have a time slot where users are not using the PCs???
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by:McKnife
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Use the wsus policy that will not allow restarts with logged on users.
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by:schilste
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The problem is not the WSUS policy.

There is one laptop that is having an issue with the windows update notification window. It is not becoming active in front of the other windows.
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Well, but with the policy, it does not matter if the window is hidden or not - the system will not do unwanted reboots.
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There is no "Always on top" setting for windows update windows
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by:schilste
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That is what I am looking for dstewartjr. To make the Windows Update timer "Always on top".

Strange that it performs always on top on other computers in our environment, but not on this individual's laptop.
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