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Windows 7: I HATE when windows restarts in middle of night


25 Dec 2009   #1

Windows 7 64 & Ubuntu 64
 
 
I HATE when windows restarts in middle of night

Ok I'm getting really really annoyed with windows when it just decides to restart itself in the middle of the night.

I have programs & work that I leave open as I'm working on it - so the last thing I want is this stupid computer restarting itself when it feels like it in the middle of the night.

So how can I turn this off so that it ONLY restarts when it prompts me or I do it myself?

I DO NOT want this automatic restart option any more. STUPID.


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25 Dec 2009   #2

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JohnnyScience View Post
Ok I'm getting really really annoyed with windows when it just decides to restart itself in the middle of the night.

I have programs & work that I leave open as I'm working on it - so the last thing I want is this stupid computer restarting itself when it feels like it in the middle of the night.

So how can I turn this off so that it ONLY restarts when it prompts me or I do it myself?

I DO NOT want this automatic restart option any more. STUPID.
Do you mean that it wakes from sleep or hibernate, by itself or you actually turn it off and it boots up by itself?
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25 Dec 2009   #3

W7 RTM Ultimate x64
 
 

It' wouldn't happen to be Windows update restarting your PC while your away?
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25 Dec 2009   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate RTM (Technet)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JohnnyScience View Post
Ok I'm getting really really annoyed with windows when it just decides to restart itself in the middle of the night.

I have programs & work that I leave open as I'm working on it - so the last thing I want is this stupid computer restarting itself when it feels like it in the middle of the night.

So how can I turn this off so that it ONLY restarts when it prompts me or I do it myself?

I DO NOT want this automatic restart option any more. STUPID.
Only certain updates require the automatic reboot. In my experience, it happens very rarely. If your PC is rebooting that often, you probably have a hardware issue.
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25 Dec 2009   #5

 

I've noticed it happening too, when I leave it running because I want to record a TV program late at night it does that - goes to sleep... and the inexpliquably resumes at random on occasions during the early hours.

Suspect it could well be WMC updates causing this to occur
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25 Dec 2009   #6

Ubuntu Lunix and Windows 7
 
 

Click on the start button and then type

task scheduler

in the dialog box at the botton (the one that says "search programs and files). Take a look at all the goodies in the active tasks section, paying particular attention to "triggers" and see if you can identify a likely culprit.

Also,
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25 Dec 2009   #7

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

If anything like I have experienced, it is probably a BSOD and you don't have it set to not automatically restart, so when you see it later, the BSOD may not be apparent. Check your Event Viewer and minidump folder to see if you find anything that correlates to when it happened.
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25 Dec 2009   #8
Microsoft MVP

 

Check Diagnostics>Performance log for that time period to see exactly what occurs.

Set Windows Updates to download but not install Updates, which will prompt you later to quickly (and more selectively) do it yourself.

See if that helps.
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25 Dec 2009   #9

 

I've examined my event logs. It does seem in my case it's as I suspected and the cause is Media Centre fetching updates, however what it doesn't tell me is whether there are service updates which aren't part of Windows Updates... or if the updates are purely forthcoming WMC tuner program information...
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25 Dec 2009   #10

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

You could turn off automatic updates on Media Center.
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