Auto-Updating With No Reboot

Sat, Jul 11, 2009 One-minute read

Despite being a fan of security, I’ve always run Windows Update in “Download and Notify” mode for all of my machines. Having Windows Update reboot my machine without warning at 3:00 AM is just too destructive.

This has two negative effects:

- Security patches that don’t require a reboot are needlessly postponed.
- Programs that auto-update frequently via Microsoft Update turn into a permanent task-bar nag that you have updates to install.

After doing some research, it turns out that it’s possible to have the best of both worlds with just a little configuration. Set Microsoft Update to install updates automatically, and then set a Group Policy flag that prevents auto-reboot. Problem solved!