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by 'Anil' Radhakrishna
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HOW TO overcome the Windows Update Restart dialog annoyance

The system restart dialog from Windows Update that pops up unexpectedy when you are busy with some important task is probably one of the most annoying issues with Windows.


Bertrand Le Roy, a member of the Microsoft ASP.NET Team, has candidly reported a scenario involving Windows Update that represented a clickthrough attack. While he was typing out a wiki page, the Windows Update dialog box put itself into focus & before he noticed it, a Space key he had intended for his wiki page took effect on the default “Restart” button of the Windows Update dialog causing his machine to shutdown without his wiki page getting saved.

A reader of that blog post pointed how this  Windows Update “Restart now” dialog can be avoided by going to Control Panel, Windows Updates, and changing the option there to download updates but let the user decide when to install them.


Alternatively, from the command prompt type in either

net stop "Automatic Updates"

or

sc stop wuauserv

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