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swayzak
2009-02-13, 08:53
hi

I am being badgered by windows update to restart the PC after the most recent update (from today), but I really don't want to because I have a Locker sync program uploading all my music collecion.

The PC has been on for days successfully uploading.

It would be a real hassle to have to resync again.

Can I kill this system tray warning ?

Will it eventually restart the PC anyway or am I safe just to leave it ?


thanks


swayzak

pippin
2009-02-13, 09:00
Can I kill this system tray warning ?

Not that I know of


Will it eventually restart the PC anyway or am I safe just to leave it ?


It will come back every few minutes and when you are not around it will restart your PC.
Sometimes, a workaround is to run a program that refuses to quit (e.g. due to unsaved data), this can keep the PC from shutting down. But if you are unlucky, your other process quits anyway when it gets the shutdown message.

swayzak
2009-02-13, 09:03
Not that I know of


It will come back every few minutes and when you are not around it will restart your PC.
Sometimes, a workaround is to run a program that refuses to quit (e.g. due to unsaved data), this can keep the PC from shutting down. But if you are unlucky, your other process quits anyway when it gets the shutdown message.

Damn - that's really annoying :(

cliveb
2009-02-13, 09:11
It will come back every few minutes and when you are not around it will restart your PC.
Are you sure? It's ages since I allowed automatic updates on any of my PCs, but my recollection is that you can ignore it and restart when you're good and ready. My advice to the OP is to carry on ignoring it and let your sync continue.

Moral of the story: switch automatic updates off. Microsoft has a history of sending out patches for obscure vulnerabilities (many of which haven't actually been exploited), and in the process break something that people really do use.

MeSue
2009-02-13, 09:18
Not sure if these work once the nag is already triggered, but worth a try:
http://asymptomatic.net/2005/08/11/831/how-to-disable-that-blasted-restart-now-message-from-windows-update
http://lifehacker.com/software/top/get-rid-of-windows-update-restart-nag-183976.php

One nice thing in Vista, it has a postpone 4 hours option, and it won't restart if you walk away.

gharris999
2009-02-13, 09:23
Right click on "my computer", select properties, Automatic Updates and Turn off Automatic Updates. I'm not sure this will kill the reboot message after an update has occurred.

cliveb
2009-02-13, 09:23
Not sure if these work once the nag is already triggered, but worth a try:
http://asymptomatic.net/2005/08/11/831/how-to-disable-that-blasted-restart-now-message-from-windows-update
http://lifehacker.com/software/top/get-rid-of-windows-update-restart-nag-183976.php
Bloody hell - looks like I stand corrected. Even when I did have automatic updates switched on, I only ever allowed them to be downloaded, never automatically installed.

That an OS can take it upon itself to unilaterally reboot your machine without your explicit consent is outrageous.

MeSue
2009-02-13, 09:45
Bloody hell - looks like I stand corrected. Even when I did have automatic updates switched on, I only ever allowed them to be downloaded, never automatically installed.

That an OS can take it upon itself to unilaterally reboot your machine without your explicit consent is outrageous.

Yeah, my husband's computer is still on XP and it happens to him once in a while. Even though he turns off auto-install, every now and then it gets reset and it will reboot when he's away from it.

aubuti
2009-02-13, 10:05
hi

I am being badgered by windows update to restart the PC after the most recent update (from today), but I really don't want to because I have a Locker sync program uploading all my music collecion.

The PC has been on for days successfully uploading.

It would be a real hassle to have to resync again.

It's probably not as urgent as you may think. If the locker sync program is MP3Tunes, then I it should survive the interruption fine. Everything you have already uploaded should still be there, and when you tell it to re-sync it will compare your locker with your local collection and start uploading the remainder.

When I uploaded around 20GB to MP3Tunes last year I had several interruptions, and each time it picked up from where it left off. Turned out to be a waste of time because I didn't think the service was worth it after the free trial period ended, but that's a different matter.

swayzak
2009-02-13, 10:19
It's probably not as urgent as you may think. If the locker sync program is MP3Tunes, then I it should survive the interruption fine. Everything you have already uploaded should still be there, and when you tell it to re-sync it will compare your locker with your local collection and start uploading the remainder.

When I uploaded around 20GB to MP3Tunes last year I had several interruptions, and each time it picked up from where it left off. Turned out to be a waste of time because I didn't think the service was worth it after the free trial period ended, but that's a different matter.

**!&£!!??!xxW

I let it reboot and predictably it XXXXXX up the sync (as usual Oboe was unresponsive - it is SO sensitive). Couldn't get it to pick up again.

I've now had to clear the local cache (20000+ files) and LockerSync is rescanning the whole collection :(

Have to leave work now so can't continue uploading until next week.

Bollocks.

Brian Ritchie
2009-02-13, 18:05
I guess I must be lucky: every time I've had the "must reboot for updates to take effect" message, it hasn't come with a threat to reboot by default if I do nothing (on any of the WinXP boxes I use). So to stop it from popping up every 10 minutes, I shove the little bastard over to the edge of the screen so only a tiny sliver is showing, and leave it there until I'm ready. (Sometimes I leave it like that for several days).

Even so, I actually wince whenever the "updates are ready to download" balloon pops up. It's even more annoying than the one that tells me whether or not I have a wireless connection (given that it's usually bloody obvious).

I don't want to disable update checks completely, but it's nice to find a way to stop the reminder.

-- Brian

oreillymj
2009-02-17, 03:48
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Curre ntVersion\Explorer\Advanced]
"ServerAdminUI"=dword:00000000
"Hidden"=dword:00000001
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"HideFileExt"=dword:00000000
"DontPrettyPath"=dword:00000000
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"HideIcons"=dword:00000000
"MapNetDrvBtn"=dword:00000000
"WebView"=dword:00000000
"Filter"=dword:00000000
"SuperHidden"=dword:00000000
"SeparateProcess"=dword:00000001
"ListviewAlphaSelect"=dword:00000001
"ListviewShadow"=dword:00000001
"ListviewWatermark"=dword:00000001
"TaskbarAnimations"=dword:00000001
"Start_ShowNetConn_ShouldShow"=dword:00000042
"StartMenuInit"=dword:00000002
"StartButtonBalloonTip"=dword:00000002
"NoNetCrawling"=dword:00000000
"FolderContentsInfoTip"=dword:00000001
"FriendlyTree"=dword:00000001
"WebViewBarricade"=dword:00000000
"DisableThumbnailCache"=dword:00000000
"ShowSuperHidden"=dword:00000000
"ClassicViewState"=dword:00000000
"PersistBrowsers"=dword:00000000
"Start_ShowNetPlaces_ShouldShow"=dword:00000041
"StartMenuAdminTools"="YES"
"StartMenuFavorites"=dword:00000000
"StartMenuLogoff"=dword:00000000
"StartMenuRun"=dword:00000001
"StartMenuChange"=dword:00000001
"CascadeControlPanel"="NO"
"CascadeMyDocuments"="NO"
"CascadeMyPictures"="NO"
"CascadeNetworkConnections"="NO"
"CascadePrinters"="NO"
"StartMenuScrollPrograms"="NO"
"IntelliMenus"=dword:00000000
"EnableBalloonTips"=dword:00000000

oreillymj
2009-02-17, 03:48
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Curre ntVersion\Explorer\Advanced]
"ServerAdminUI"=dword:00000000
"Hidden"=dword:00000001
"ShowCompColor"=dword:00000001
"HideFileExt"=dword:00000000
"DontPrettyPath"=dword:00000000
"ShowInfoTip"=dword:00000001
"HideIcons"=dword:00000000
"MapNetDrvBtn"=dword:00000000
"WebView"=dword:00000000
"Filter"=dword:00000000
"SuperHidden"=dword:00000000
"SeparateProcess"=dword:00000001
"ListviewAlphaSelect"=dword:00000001
"ListviewShadow"=dword:00000001
"ListviewWatermark"=dword:00000001
"TaskbarAnimations"=dword:00000001
"Start_ShowNetConn_ShouldShow"=dword:00000042
"StartMenuInit"=dword:00000002
"StartButtonBalloonTip"=dword:00000002
"NoNetCrawling"=dword:00000000
"FolderContentsInfoTip"=dword:00000001
"FriendlyTree"=dword:00000001
"WebViewBarricade"=dword:00000000
"DisableThumbnailCache"=dword:00000000
"ShowSuperHidden"=dword:00000000
"ClassicViewState"=dword:00000000
"PersistBrowsers"=dword:00000000
"Start_ShowNetPlaces_ShouldShow"=dword:00000041
"StartMenuAdminTools"="YES"
"StartMenuFavorites"=dword:00000000
"StartMenuLogoff"=dword:00000000
"StartMenuRun"=dword:00000001
"StartMenuChange"=dword:00000001
"CascadeControlPanel"="NO"
"CascadeMyDocuments"="NO"
"CascadeMyPictures"="NO"
"CascadeNetworkConnections"="NO"
"CascadePrinters"="NO"
"StartMenuScrollPrograms"="NO"
"IntelliMenus"=dword:00000000
"EnableBalloonTips"=dword:00000001

oreillymj
2009-02-17, 03:50
There a whole heap of other settings as well as Balloon tip in the previous 2 posts, so please Export your entire [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Curre ntVersion\Explorer\Advanced] reg key before applying any of the settings I posted.

Moonbase
2009-02-17, 05:45
Hm. I’m using Windows/XP (German), recently upgraded from SP2 to SP3 and never had this problem. In Control Panel/Automatic Updates, I’ve set »Notify, but don’t download or install automatically«.

Works as advertised. Sometimes a balloon pops up informing me of new updates and whenever I wish, I download and install it.