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Windows 7: Configuring Windows to reboot automatically after non-automatic update

26 Apr 2014   #1
Wheffle

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
Configuring Windows to reboot automatically after non-automatic update

I've googled a bunch and searched the forums a bit, and most people seemed mostly concerned with stopping Windows from rebooting automatically, which is reasonable.

However, I would like the system to reboot automatically after an update that I have given the go-ahead to download and install. From what I understand, if I set windows update to "automatically download and install updates", it will do just that and then automatically reboot, but if I have it set to anything else, the automatic reboot will not happen.

I like to be able to have full control and give the go-ahead before updates begin downloading and installing, but I'd also like the computer to reboot by itself after I manually start those updates. I like to give the go-ahead at night when I'm done using the computer, and I'd like the computer to be rebooted and completely done in the morning. Is there any way to do this?


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26 Apr 2014   #2
NoelDP

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Win 7 x64 Home Premium (and x86 VirtualBox VM)/Win10
 
 

Usually, after a manual update (and if it's necessary at all), you'll get a 10-minute reboot warning (or at least I do) - if you ignore that, it will reboot automatically, in theory
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26 Apr 2014   #3
Wheffle

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Hmm.... I get a window that tells me I need to reboot, and gives me the option of being reminded again in 10 minutes or more. There is never a timer with an automatic reboot though. For the life of me I can't find a way to configure this.
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26 Apr 2014   #4
NoelDP

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There's a setting available in GP - I'll see if I can work out what it does and how, since GP isn't available in Home Premium.
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26 Apr 2014   #5
NoelDP

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Unfortunately, it looks as if all the settings only apply to Automatically-installed updates, rather than manual ones.
One thing that may be worth trying though, is logging out (not shutting down) after you've started the installing (not the download) - I think WU will continue the install, and may do the reboot itself - try it with a single update and see what happens after leaving it for an hour.
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26 Apr 2014   #6
Wheffle

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

I guess I can try that, though it's not ideal. It seems really strange that this wouldn't be an option. Oh well, I guess it's a small annoyance.
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27 Apr 2014   #7
Loki

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

You might try this:

Start Task Scheduler.
1. create a basic task
2. name the task
3. select the Next button to add a trigger
4. select "When a specific event is logged"
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5. select the Next button to add a action
6. select "Start a Program"
7. Browse: C:\Windows\system32\shutdown
7a. Brink has an excellent tutorial on creating a shutdown shortcut: Shut Down Computer Shortcut - Create
browse to the short cut and select it, it will show in the path box as "C:\Windows\system32\shutdown" but should run with the options you selected in the shortcut you created from Brinks tutorial.

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7. select the Next button to complete the task wizard
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In the above screen shot I check the "Open the Properties dialog for this task when I click Finish" you only need to do that if you want to set/check more options, this task should work as is...

Disclaimer: I've not run this task so it may or may not work... and I take no responsibility if you blow up the World

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