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Windows 7: Windows wants me to restart evey time I log in

11 Jun 2010   #1
johnburn

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit
 
 
Windows wants me to restart evey time I log in

Well not every time, but every time AFTER the first login. I start up my computer and log in, no problem. Then I log out, and log back in again. As soon as Windows finishes loading the desktop, the following pop-up message appears:

You must restart your computer to apply these changes.
Before restarting, save any open files and close all programs.
[Restart Now] [Restart Later]


Needless to say, I click on "Restart Later". A bit of background info:

I recently upgraded to Windows 7 Home Premium (32-bit) from Windows XP Professional. Win 7 was a clean install (obviously) but I did use the "Windows Easy Transfer Wizard for Windows 7" utility to transfer my files and settings from XP to 7. So I believe that this may be due to some setting or parameter that was transferred from XP.

The second point of note is that this only occurs when I completely disable "User Account Control" (which is always). As a power user who follows common-sense computing practices, I find UAC extremely intrusive and annoying, so I refuse to use it. Besides, I still use "old" programs that won't easily run otherwise because they are unsigned.

I even tried disabling all non-M$ services and all start-up programs with "msconfig" and the message still appears on the second and subsequent logins. Any ideas?

Thanks,
John


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11 Jun 2010   #2
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello johnburn, welcome to Seven Forums!


The first thing to do is to download and install the free version of MBAM from the link below after that do a full / complete scan with Malwarebytes to see if it finds any malware and post back with the results.


Malwarebytes Free Virus Scanner
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11 Jun 2010   #3
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Disabling the UAC is very risky and really not recommended. I suggest you read this article that explains the logic. And especially in Win7 it is really only a minor intrusion.
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11 Jun 2010   #4
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Disabling the UAC is very risky and really not recommended. I suggest you read this article that explains the logic. And especially in Win7 it is really only a minor intrusion.


.+1
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11 Jun 2010   #5
johnburn

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bare Foot Kid View Post
Hello johnburn, welcome to Seven Forums!

The first thing to do is to download and install the free version of MBAM from the link below after that do a full / complete scan with Malwarebytes to see if it finds any malware and post back with the results.
Thanks for the welcome @BFK. I have found this site to be extremely useful so far, especially in making my version of 7 more XP-like. Welcome back Quick Launch Bar, good to see you again!

I have installed MBAM and run a full scan (see attachment). No problems found...

John


Attached Files
File Type: txt mbam-log-2010-06-11 (15-11-50).txt (890 Bytes, 39 views)
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11 Jun 2010   #6
johnburn

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Disabling the UAC is very risky and really not recommended. I suggest you read this article that explains the logic. And especially in Win7 it is really only a minor intrusion.
Hi @whs.

I know that disabling UAC is risky. I read the suggested article and didn't learn anything that I didn't already know. To me, UAC does what it is supposed to do, but it isn't the "be all and end all". It's really just Microsoft's way of trying to "fix" a bad (albeit not bad at the time Windows was first created) OS design. It's really a band-aid.

That being said, I would agree that most users, especially those that take risks such as going to websites like Pirate Bay or file sharing, definitely should use it. However, I use my PC primarily for work, which is tech support. 90% of my computer use is logging into Linux based systems via VPNs and other secure connections. The other 10% is using older (unsigned) applications that have been safely used for years. In this very specific scenario, UAC is an annoyance, pure and simple. I have one application that is unsigned that I open probably a 100 times a day. That "beep" and having to click the ack screen very soon wears you down. Therefore I will not use UAC for this particular PC.

I also do a full backup every night. If in the highly unlikely event I do get hit by a worm or other malware, I would simply restore from backup. Problem solved while I go for coffee...

John
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12 Jun 2010   #7
Lomai

Win7 HP (x64)/Win7 Ultimate (x64)
 
 

Hi john

Any hardware you have running under compatibility mode?
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12 Jun 2010   #8
johnburn

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lomai View Post
Hi john

Any hardware you have running under compatibility mode?
Not that I am aware of @Lomai. I certainly didn't configure any hardware manually and all my drivers are Win7 signed drivers. Is there an easy way to find out without going through every device one by one?

John
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12 Jun 2010   #9
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello again johnburn.



If this issue only occurs while UAC is disabled, maybe a re-think is in order as there are ways to run trusted programs / apps without a UAC prompt, have a look at the tutorial at the link below.


How to Create a Elevated Program Shortcut without a UAC Prompt
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12 Jun 2010   #10
electrotune1200

Windows 8 Pro
 
 

Have you tried creating a new user account? Test the new user account for a few days and see if the problem is resolved. If it is, just delete the account that was giving you problems.
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