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Windows 7: Updates shutting down PC without warning

26 Nov 2013   #1
Microsoft MVP

Updates shutting down PC without warning

Visiting a friend who complains that WIndows Update will shut down his PC without warning in the middle of his work, then install Updates. I figured he was missing the popup warning which enables user to extend timeout for Updates restart.

However this just happened to me in the middle of a forums post being done on his PC. The PC just shut down without warning and started installing a single Update.

I am wary to set his Updates from Automatic to Manual install since he may let them pile up. Is there anything I can do to assure he'll get the normal warning popup from System Tray?

WUD is set to Show Icon and Notifications in tray Notification settings.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
26 Nov 2013   #2

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Hey Greg,

You could use the tutorial below to disable the automatic restart for Windows Updates without needing to change letting Windows Updates to automatically install.

You should still get the reminders that a restart is needed.

Windows Update - Enable or Disable Automatic Restart

Hope this helps. :)
My System SpecsSystem Spec
26 Nov 2013   #3
Microsoft MVP


Thanks, Shawn. I should have guessed there's a tutorial. Bookmarked.

I don't remember seeing the countdown box for a long time. Was it replaced by the static timeout box shown on the right in the comparison illustration?

Are there only certain Updates that trigger the countdown box?

And if he never was seeing the countdown box before it rudely shut down unannounced do you think it was anomalous to this install?

Hopefully the reg patch will fix it. He had 19 + 4 queued so they are installing now. We'll leave it on to see what happens.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

26 Nov 2013   #4

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Anytime mate.

I haven't seen the restart notice in a while either. There's usually a Windows Update notification area message that pop-ups as well for this. I'm not sure why he didn't see it unless it may have been hidden behind some other opened window.

You would normally get it after installing an "important" or "critical" Windows Update that requires a restart.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
26 Nov 2013   #5
Microsoft MVP


Twice now it has failed after installing 98% of the Updates in the pre- and post-OS environment, saying it is reverting. Most of the Updates from the 26th show Failed in Installed Updates. Do you think this is related or pertains more to today's batch of Updates?

Updates update: All installed on the third failure after noticing they were queued on the Shutdown button. Is this a different type of Updates install at Shutdown than what is done with a restart?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
26 Nov 2013   #6

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Nar, the shut down updates are important and critical Windows Updates that are available to be installed before shutting down. It's just another way to install these updates before shutting down other than normally through Windows Updates. You could use either way to install them.

Shut Down Windows - Change "Install Updates and Shut Down" as Default

The restart notice updates are updates that have already been installed, and require a restart to apply.

You might see if doing the shut down will install them and not have them fail anymore.
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