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It’s happened to all Windows users. After downloading Windows security updates, the PC then informs you that it needs to restart.

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What’s especially annoying about this is that when it tells you this, you’re always in the middle of something important. Like writing an email or looking for Paris Hilton pictures on Google. Even if you choose the option “no”, the nag box bounces back 5 minutes later to harass you again.

Here’s how to disable the nag box telling you to re-start the computer.

Go to the start menu, choose “run” and in the box, type cmd and press enter. When the black command line box comes up, type

sc stop wuauserv and then press enter.

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That’s it!

  1. Peter
    January 8, 2008 at 9:27 am

    This is a REALLY bad idea. When a reboot is required it's because files need to be replaced that are in use. If you don't reboot the system is in an unstable state because some files have been updated and some have not. You may have different versions in place than the system is expecting which can cause conflicts and errors.

    The better solution is to only download and install updates when you can afford to reboot.

  2. James
    January 8, 2008 at 3:39 am

    Be careful of using Automatic Windows Update. Because the behavior of MS Patches is one patch will overwrite others. That's why MS always recommend to install one patch after or before other patch in sequence. What i suggest is to choose the third option (Notify me but don't automatically download or install them) from the Windows Update setting. With this option you can verify and make sure you download and install correct patches. Manual download is more recommended..

  3. j
    January 8, 2008 at 3:14 am

    Won't work for me maybe cause I use Vista

  4. dian
    January 7, 2008 at 10:14 pm

    I stop reading after

    "looking for Paris Hilton pictures on Google"

    :))

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