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Is there a way to stop automatic restart with Dell updates and/or with Windows 10 after the anniversary update?

Q: Is there a way to stop automatic restart with Dell updates and/or with Windows 10 after the anniversary update?

My new laptop ran Dell Updates overnight a couple of days ago and I had to power it up the next morning, only to discover it was a complete restart and the programs I had open were closed. Luckily I think I was able to recover everything from the closed applications, but is there a way to tell Dell Updates when I want to restart the computer?
Also, I was able to do this with Windows 10 before the anniversary update, but the option seems to have disappeared in the settings now.

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Now that microsoft has removed the ability to force windows 10 to ask to be scheduled and given that "active hours" is a broken concept that doesn't solve any problem, how can I prevent windows from automatically restarting again? Is the only option to turn off windows update entirely now?

A:How to Prevent automatic restart in Windows 10 Anniversary Update?

Hello tannim,

What is broken about active hours for you?

Active hours lets Windows know when you usually use this device. When a restart is necessary to finish installing an update, Windows won't automatically restart your device during active hours.

Windows Update Active Hours - Change in Windows 10

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I decided not to get the recent anniversary up date awhile ago and have dealt with the reminder pop up. Now it's really annoying and I would like to stop the pop up up reminder. Can someone please help?

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I can be in the middle of anything, a game, a paper being written, or a job being done... my windows update will automatically install an update, but sometimes will not ask me if I want to restart my PC.. it will automatically shut me down and restart.

I thought there was a way to disable it, but I can't find anything. I know that in Windows XP I could do so using the Group Policy service.. however, I cannot find a GP in Vista.

Does anyone have a clue as how to stop this from happening?

I feel like I am missing something here.

A:Help Disabling Automatic Restart for Windows Updates

The best way is to change the auto windows update behavior.

Control Panel>Windows Update>Change Settings

Now select "Download Updates but let me choose whether to install them" Hit OK.

Now you control when updates are installed.

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i am using a windows xp professional version 2002 sp3 laptop.

automatic updates have been installed on my pc and it pops up a window saying

"updating your computer is almost complete. you must restart your computer for the updates to take effect. do you want to restart your computer now ? or 'restart later'"

I dont want to restart now. hence when i am clicking on restart later, the pop up is coming up after another 15 minutes or so.

i went to task manager-> processes -> and ended the process called wuauclt.exe which is responsible for this process, but i notice that this process is automatically started within another 10 seconds .

though i understand that , it is good for me to restart my laptop and have a successful install of my updates, I still want to know of a method to
supress these updates until i like to restart my laptop

Hope somebody could help

thank you all in anticipation,

A:how to supress windows restart pop up after automatic updates

guys , somebody please write back

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Hello everyone can any body plz tell me how to Stop Automatic updates on windows 10???

A:Stop Automatic Updates on windows

Windows Update Automatic Updates - Enable or Disable in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums

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So I have been having an issue with the anniversary update for a while now. Every time I try run windows updates, I get the error "We couldn't connect to the update service. We'll try again later or you can check now. If it still doesn't work, make sure you are connected to the internet". Well, I am connected to the internet, I can do anything online except download updates.

Today I re-imaged my computer back to version 1511 with a clean image. Windows updates worked fine. I just ran windows updates again and it downloaded and installed the anniversary update, fine. But as soon as it finished installing and rebooted, my computer will no longer get updates again. I get the same error. Does anyone have any idea what is going on?

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Hello, I've just installed KB3176929. Now I am running Windows 10 Education v1607, b14393.10.

Almost everything it's fine despite "Windows Update Settings" .

In the past I've used Local Group Policy Editor​ to tweak the settings and make Windows notify me when I need some update, without downloading or installing anything.

Now, in gpedit the relevant policy is still correct:
The problem is that in the Update section, under Settings it shows the following:
So it's clearly stated that download and installation will be executed without user intervention.
Also Active hours button is also displayed, but I have never had this before Anniversary update.
Before this update my Update Settings screen was similar to this one:
What I have already tried to get back the previous behavior:
set the policy Configure auto updates to not configuredshut down and power upset the policy Configure auto updates to enabled & 2 = Notify before...manually checked for updatereboot

I did not succeed.

Is this policy still applicable to Win 10 Edu?
Have you any suggestions?

Many thanks

P.S.: I am wondering if disabling active hours from registry can help or not.

A:Win 10 Anniversary, automatic updates & Group Policy Settings

I also posted the same issue for Win 10 Pro here:


However, it may actually be working because I received a pop up notification that updates were available; however, I didn't capture that but I did get this screenshot:

In summary, I did get notified and they didn't download automatically.

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Hello all,

I installed the Anniversary Windows 10 update from scratch on my Surface Book. After installing all the Surface Book drivers, I ran Windows Update and it downloaded and wanted to install more device drivers.

Most of those drivers failed to install and it won't let me re-install them.

Can anyone please tell me why this is happening?

Screenshot #1:

Screenshot #2:


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Windows XP used to give you the option to shut down your PC without installing Windows updates or to choose to shut it down and install updates,but this feature seems to be missing in Windows 7.

One of my PC's runs Windows 7 Professional and it also comes with the Group policy Editor (gpdeit.msc) that can be used to tweak the registry so that you get the option to shut down with/without installing updates. It is fairly straightforward to do.

However another of my PC's runs Windows 7 Home and it does not come with gpedit.msc.

I downloaded the Group Policy Settings References for Windows 7 and Windows Server Excel file (Download: Group Policy Settings Reference for Windows and Windows Server - Microsoft Download Center - Download Details), and scrolled down to the Windows Updates lines at the end of the Administrative Templates tab; but I was unable to find the registry references in my registry. Specifically in order to enable "Do Not Adjust Default Option to Install Updates and Shut Down", I could not find the registry entries listed in the spreadsheet under either the HKCU or HKLM portions of my registry.

Does anybody know which registry settings I need to change to enable the choice to shut down with/without installing updates, or if i is possible to enable gpedit.msc to run on a Windows 7 Home PC?

Many thanks in advance for your help.

A:Windows 7 Home: Stop automatic installation of updates on shut down

Windows 7 still gives you the choice of how and when Windows Updates are downloaded and installed. This tutorial should help.

Windows Update Settings - Change

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I have been looking around for something about this, but strangely, the only people talking about this want to turn it off...

My problem is that I never ever seen my Win8 reboot himself, yet I have set my system up that he checks for updates at a time I am not on my computer and has to/can reboot if needed, but this just never happens, I always have to do a manual reboot when I get home, and that is really very annoying.

So, guess my question is, how do I force Win8 to download, install and restart computer if needed after updates at a given time ?

Though if by any chance I am on my computer at that time, I would like to have some notification or pop-up telling me I have to restart.

I don't see my login screen, it is all automated, my computer is always running 24/7, so I don't see any messages on the login screen and the Win8 update page is a major hassle to get to.

Any tips and advice appreciated,
Thanks in advance,

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Hello, I just wanted to say here on the forums that making the Windows update restart my computer automatically, no matter what, is ridiculous. The last time the update had restarted my computer while I was using it, I went and put the settings to the option of "choose when to restart" or 'ask me first' or whatnot. Regardless of the fact that I consciously went and changed the setting so that it would not automatically update my computer, it still does it. The first time that it did it again, it wasn't a big deal. I checked the settings again and after some research learned that it would still probably restart my computer automatically without my say, no matter what, even though I had purposely changed the settings not to do so.

The first time this happened after I had changed the settings was not a big deal. The second time yesterday morning, however, was. To be short and not include the details, I had a video job interview at 9:00am. A very, very impotant interview. I turned on my computer around 7:30am, booted it up and left it on. When I came back to my computer around 8:45am, I opened the video software and prepared to connect to / recieve the call. This was when Windows Update decided that it was more important to restart my computer and apply an update to Windows.

This update took around 20-25 minutes. I never had an option to postpone or avoid this action. I thought about holding the power, but as most everything explicitly warns against turning off ... Read more

A:Windows Update Automatic Restart

I apologize if this is the wrong place for this. I just want my voice to be heard.

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Dear Tech Support Guy,

Automatic Restart Needs Improvement in Windows 10

I would like to see a pop up warning say for example at least 10 minutes before an automatic restart is to occur in Windows 10. This will allow users to keep the automatic restart recommended setting, while at the same time, permitting them to finish their work. My Windows 10 desktop PC restarted with the huge November, 2015 Threshold 2 Update (Build 1511) in the early evening, about 7:45 PM. Restarts should be done in the early morning hours, say between 3-4am when most people are asleep.

I have selected the "Notify of Scheduled Restart." option, which I believe should be the default setting, as users in Windows 8.1 would get pop-up notices by default. Some questions:

1.) If a users selects "Notify of Scheduled Restart" for Windows Update, in Windows 10, what message will they see the next time a restart is scheduled? (Screenshots would be helpful.)

2.) Let's suppose that I schedule the restart for 3:30am when not using the computer. Will this time setting hold for all the next subsequent updates that need a system restart until changed?


A:Windows Update Automatic Restart Questions?

Jack1000 said:

Dear Tech Support Guy,

Automatic Restart Needs Improvement in Windows 10

I would like to see a pop up warning say for example at least 10 minutes before an automatic restart is to occur in Windows 10. This will allow users to keep the automatic restart recommended setting, while at the same time, permitting them to finish their work. My Windows 10 desktop PC restarted with the huge November, 2015 Threshold 2 Update (Build 1511) in the early evening, about 7:45 PM. Restarts should be done in the early morning hours, say between 3-4am when most people are asleep.

I have selected the "Notify of Scheduled Restart." option, which I believe should be the default setting, as users in Windows 8.1 would get pop-up notices by default. Some questions:

1.) If a users selects "Notify of Scheduled Restart" for Windows Update, in Windows 10, what message will they see the next time a restart is scheduled? (Screenshots would be helpful.)

2.) Let's suppose that I schedule the restart for 3:30am when not using the computer. Will this time setting hold for all the next subsequent updates that need a system restart until changed?

JackClick to expand...


Still searching for an answer to this question. The main thing I want to know is, if I change the Windows Update feature in Windows 10 to "Notification of Scheduled Restart" what will I see before a restart is scheduled to happen? Will this be a pop up notice in the syste... Read more

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He everyone,
A few hours ago I installed the new windows 10 anniversary update on my dell xps 15. When the installation was finished without any error the login screen showed up. After logging in a black screen show up with my mouse visable, Then out of a sudden I have to login again but then everything is scaled a lot bigger. After the login my laptop is frozen at a grey screen. I think It's a problem with the nvidea graphic card drivers. Can anyone help me fix this ? Thanks for paying time to my problem.

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Hi all,
   Just installed the Windows 10 anniversary update yesterday.Most things seem to work, however I got the following issues:
- USB 2.0 ports don't seem to work anymore (3.0 do however);- Audio card is not detected anymore (no sound)
I was wondering if others experienced the same issues and if any of you have found a solution for this. If I may believe the Dell website we might not expect an update for this? This € 2000+ laptop is not even 1,5 year old!
Thank you for your time!
Best regards

A:Dell XPS 15 9530 and Windows 10 Anniversary Update problems.

I have the Dell XPS 15 9550 model, 6 months old, and I installed the anniversary update and now my computer blue screens a few times a day.
I'm assuming there's a bad driver.

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I was trying to install the anniversary update og win 10 but each time it failed. After contacting with the customer service i updated my bios as per the link provided then i ran windows trouble shooter program after that i updated all my pending windows updates. Then again i downloaded anniversary the same problem araised.. After rebooting 3 to 4 times it shows that " loading your previous version of windows ".. After that no changes !!Help me to solve this problem. !!

A:While installing win 10 anniversary update it automatic load...

Hello,  Its a software related bug with the notebook  reverting back the changes. ***please ensure you create a system restore point before any changes. http://support.hp.com/us-en/document/c03327545  please verify before doing the automatic upgrade to WIN 10 you must have fulfilled the pre-requisite. make sure the current version of WIN is completely updated also in addition the WIN STORE all the installed apps are completely updated. in case still not resolved kindly check with MiCROSOFT as software vendor for further support. Regards,

I'm an HP Employee.The opinions expressed here are my personal opinions, not of HP.Click on Thumbs up if my post helped you.Make it easier for other people to find solutions, by marking an answer ?Accept as Solution? if it solves your problem.Regards,Vijay

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how can i update my automatic updates in my system using computer rentals... (and my usb flash drive)

i am only using dial up modem 54kbps.. automatic windows update is too.. hard for my conection.. especially i have reformated my pc and so much i need it badly.. lol

my friend told me that is is posible to update on other computers but he forgot what site it is.. and how to do it....and...im think he's lying haha...

kindly help me


A:can i update my windows automatic updates...using other pc?

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Have dell xps 1530 with vista ultimate 32. Will not install updates. Had 27 which I had to install manually. One would not install out of the 27, security update for windows(KB981852).nable

They appear to install, then computer reboots, says it's configuring changes, after awhile it says reverting changes.

Note: The windows automatic update was working and installing updates up until 4 to 5 months ago.

Any help will be appreciated. Thx.

A:Windows automatic update won't install updates

Could you list the 27 Updates for me some Updates may cause Problems for other Updates

Also Welcome to Vista Forums

Many Thanks,

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PC was infected with XP Internet Security 2011. The Rogue Virus superimposed it's window over everything. It blocked MS Security Essentials and Malwarebytes from running and prevented IE8 and Firefox from being able to open. I downloaded a program called VipreRescue which is a full fledged AV program with current definitions. I loaded it to a thumb drive and ran it from the command line. It got the virus but afterward I could not open executables as everything asked for what program to open with. The problem was a corrupt rundll32.exe file in c:\windows\system32. A File Association fix from DonKnox.com fixed that problem and allowed the executables to run. I was able to download MS Security Essentials and MalwareBytes and their latest updates.Both show the PC free of Viruses, spyware, etc. As far as I can tell, the only remaining problems were that Windows Update will not work properly even after reinstallation and Automatic Updates Shows in the Control Panel as being "On" but it does not show up in running services. Neither Windows Update or Automatic Updates work. There may be other stuff not working but, one step at a time. Any help with this will be gladly accepted with gratitude.

A:Windows Update and Automatic Updates not working

I had the same problem after taking out Antivirus Antimalware 2011. It was caused by the corruption of the registry key for windows update.

Go here:


It will explain it. You hit the 'run', type this into the command line:


Worked for me.

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What are the instances that windows update runs even if the automatic updates are turned off?

I turned my windows update off because it causes BSOD in my laptop. I only see that windows tried updating when I take a look at the system restore points. However, it cannot be seen when I open the installed updates in the control panel.........

A:Automatic update turned off but still windows updates...

Sounds like the update is sent out, goes to your machine and is then rejected, because your update is turned off. If you do not have the updates in your machine, I cannot say that there is a problem.

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Hey everyone. Every time I restart my computer my Windows Update's Automatic Update setting keeps changing and shutting off. I then have to turn Automatic Updates back on. I do this in Standard Mode instead of Administrative Mode since I almost never log in to my administrator account. It does ask my administrator account's permission before changing the settings though and I put in my administrator password. So anyway, I'd really appreciate some help. My system information is below.

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
Processor: AMD Athlon(tm) II X2 215 Processor, AMD64 Family 16 Model 6 Stepping 2
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 4863 Mb
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce 9100, 256 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 599384 MB, Free - 539922 MB; D: Total - 10992 MB, Free - 1649 MB;
Antivirus: COMODO Antivirus, Updated and Enabled

A:Windows Update's Automatic Updates Keeps Shutting Off

This might be a Malware problem. Please run the scans below and post the logs.

Download RogueKiller (by tigzy) and save direct to your Desktop.
On the web page select the 32bit or 64bit button to match the bit rate of your version of Windows.
Quit all running programs.
Start RogueKiller.exe by double clicking on the icon.
Wait until Prescan has finished.
Ensure all boxes are ticked under "Report" tab.
Click on Scan.
Click on Report when complete. Copy/paste the contents of the report and paste into your next reply.
NOTE: DO NOT attempt to remove anything that the scan detects.

Please download RKill
There are three buttons to choose from with different names on, select the first one and save it to your desktop.

Double-click on the Rkill desktop icon to run the tool.
If using Vista or Windows 7, right-click on it and select Run As Administrator.
A black DOS box will briefly flash and then disappear. This is normal and indicates the tool ran successfully.
A log pops up at the end of the run. This log file is located at C:\rkill.log. Please Copy & Paste the entire log in your next reply.
If you do not see the black box flash on the screen delete the icon from the desktop and go back to the link for the download, select the next button and try to run the tool again, continue to repeat this process using the remaining buttons until the tool runs. You will find further links if you scroll down the page with other names, try them one at a t... Read more

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Hi there. From searching on forums, this is quite an issue. But everybody suggests to go to gpedit.msc. My OS (Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit) does NOT have that function. There is a folder for policies, but it is empty. Also, the settings for updates does not have any option of that nature. So what do you do to prevent Windows from restarting automatically after applying an update?

A:Automatic restart after updates

You should have group policies do you have admin?

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Thank you for responding to my problem, your help is much appreciated! I have a windows security alert icon on the lower right hand corner of my screen and I'm not able to update windows, nor could I find the error number that I posted above in the topic description on Windows website.

DDS (Ver_2011-08-26.01) - NTFSx86
Internet Explorer: 6.0.2900.5512
Run by Cheryl Linzay at 8:57:47 on 2012-05-14
Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition 5.1.2600.3.1252.1.1033.18.992.680 [GMT -5:00]
AV: avast! Antivirus *Enabled/Updated* {7591DB91-41F0-48A3-B128-1A293FD8233D}
============== Running Processes ===============
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost -k DcomLaunch
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe -k WudfServiceGroup
C:\Program Files\AVAST Software\Avast\AvastSvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jqs.exe
C:\Program Files\Google\Update\GoogleUpdate.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe -k imgsvc
C:\Program Files\QuickTime\qttask.exe
C:\Program Files\Ask.com\Updater\Updater.exe
C:\Program Files\AVAST Software\Avast\avastUI.exe
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A:Can't update windows/ Automatic Updates is turned off in Security System

Hello happyR1girl and welcome to BC forums,Step 11. Go >> Here << and download ERUNT (ERUNT (Emergency Recovery Utility NT) is a free program that allows you to keep a complete backup of your registry and restore it when needed.)2. Install ERUNT by following the prompts (use the default install settings but say no to the portion that asks you to add ERUNT to the start-up folder, if you like you can enable this option later)3. Start ERUNT (either by double clicking on the desktop icon or choosing to start the program at the end of the setup)4. Choose a location for the backup (the default location is C:\WINDOWS\ERDNT which is acceptable).5. Make sure that at least the first two check boxes are ticked 6. Press OK7. Press YES to create the folder.Step 2Set Windows to show all files and all folders. On your Desktop, double click My Computer, from the menu options, select tools, then Folder Options, and then select VIEW Tab and look at all of settings listed. "CHECK" (turn on) Display the contents of system folders. Under column, Hidden files and folders----choose ( *select* ) Show hidden files and folders. Next, un-check Hide extensions for known file types. Next un-check Hide protected operating system files. Step 3Download and save the attached file to your Desktop. Next, right-click on the file & select RENAME. Change the .txt to .VBS.Then double-click on it to start. This will produce a windows update history report in Notepad. Save it... Read more

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A while back, I had a malware issue where all google links got redirected and the computer didn't connect to any of the major malware protection sites. A very frustrating issue, to be sure, as I suspect you all remember.

I seemed to have been one of the lucky early ones to get it, and there was very little information about it on-line at the time. I finally found instructions that seemed to work: going to Device Manager, finding TDSServ.sys, and selecting disable, then restarting and running anti-malware software.

I didn't notice it at the time, but apparently I'm still not getting automatic windows updates and when I go to windowsupdate.com or windowsupdate.microsoft.com, I get a blank webpage -- whether I enter the site as a url or as an ip address. I've tried updating and running Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware, Spybot Search & Destroy (but not TeaTimer), and Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool, but even on full scans, none of them is finding any problems. I looked in the hosts file and didn't see any redirects for those URLs (though there are a lot of entries that I presume came from Spybot immunization). I also checked Device Manager now -- there's no TDSServ.sys.

I'm on a laptop running Windows XP Home Edition 2002, with Service Pack 2, connecting to the internet wirelessly, running Zone Alarm but no Antivirus software.

Thanks in advance for any help you might be able to provide.


A:Windows update page is blank, no automatic updates happening

Microsoft Update Solution Center (includes a list of update issues)How to troubleshoot common Windows Update, Microsoft Update installation issuesTroubleshooting: Automatic UpdatesYou receive a scripting error or a blank page when you visit the Windows Update...Errors when you use Windows Update or Microsoft Update to install updates[quote]Re-install Windows Update fileMicrosoft Online Assisted Support: E-mail Support (no-cost for issues related to getting updates)

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I have a XP Pro machine at home and I am in the process of doing some things that will take a long time to complete (several hours). The problem is, Automatic Update just updated and keeps prompting me to restart. I know if I just leave the PC, it will eventually restart on its own which will kill everything I am doing right now. How do I disable automatic restarting so it doesn't do this? I don't have a server or active directory running. Let me know your thoughts. Thanks

A:XP Pro, Disable Restart After Automatic Updates

Nevermind I figured it out


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Anytime I restart my computer or the power goes off it doesn't restart correctly. Basically, there is a black screen with a spinning circle with dots and it will stay that way for hours. The only solution I've found is to insert the windows 10 anniversary update usb I made and do a startup repair. But it keeps happening again and again.

However, if I shut it down normally, it starts back up just fine.

When I first installed the anniversary update it got stuck. I left the computer on for 12 hours with no progress (same spinning icon). However, I pressed the button and it fixed the installation.

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Anytime I restart my computer or the power goes off it doesn't restart correctly. Basically, there is a black screen with a spinning circle with dots and it will stay that way for hours. The only solution I've found is to insert the windows 10 anniversary update usb I made and do a startup repair. But it keeps happening again and again.

However, if I shut it down normally, it starts back up just fine.

When I first installed the anniversary update it got stuck. I left the computer on for 12 hours with no progress (same spinning icon). However, I pressed the button and it fixed the installation.

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Hi All, I updated my z570 succesfully from windows 8.1 to windows10 back in 2015 and using succesfullly without any problems. when tried to update from 1703 got error which used to rolled back with automatic repair and recovery to previous version automatically after 2, 3 hard shutdowns. Recently when windows 10 is updating to latest security and  other updates (I defferred the feature updates like 1803 using some MS windows utility, So proceeded confidently with update).However during update the laptop entered into this endless restart loop. After hard shutdown with power key 2, 3 times its showing message that 'Attemptiing Automatic repair' then 'recovery to previous installed version' but quickly again restarting back in loop.  I tried following other methods:1. Tried entering to setup by pressing F2 - no luck2. Created bootable USB and started laptop and pressed F12 continuosly - no luck3. Removed battery and pressed power button for a while and restarted hoping to enter setup - didnt helped4. used One touch recovery key next to power button while system is off hoping after system on takes me to sestup page - didnt helped If I could atleast enter setup or boot will try to solve, I Sincerely request memebers here to help me solving this issue. Thanks

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I'm currently on holiday and am connected through an expensive 3G modem plan. Whenever I try to connect, Windows update starts to download files. Every now and then I need to update MSE virus defs but Windows update downloads files GRR! What do I do about this pest? I just disabled the windows update service which obviously prevented me from downloading MSE defs

A:How to stop Windows update from downloading updates when I update MSE

Have you tried setting Windows Update to not Download updates?
You could also set it to not check for updates while you are on holiday.
For MSE definitions, open MSE and update from there.

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I have set Windows updates to "download but let me decide to install". Even so I frequently try to shut down my laptop and get a message that updates are being installed and Do Not Turn Off or Unplug" the computer. I often must shut down quickly because I must borad a plane or the order has been given to turn off all elctronics. Why does this keep happening when I have set it the way I did?

A:Stop Automatic Updates

Hello kmorrow, and welcome to Seven Forums.

It sounds like you have the wrong option selected. Double check to make sure that you have the one below selected so that it will not be the "download and have them ready to install if you decide to instead" option instead.

Hope this helps,

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Hi,My Sony VAIO(SVF15213SNB) currently on Win10 Home Single language version 1607 build 14388.I Just want to discontinue getting insider builds after anniversary update that comes this August 2nd .Is there a possibility to do this without losing anything from my pc ,something by doing an inplace upgrade of the rs_1 after getting that buid.If it's possible,what is the final build and version number??

I just want to get regular official builds instead of insider builds,Since too many builds and updates is using too much data which my data plan is incapable of.What should I do to get back to regular official builds after rs_1 without a risk of losing my documents,music and video .Is it okay to just stop insider builds after getting rs_1 without any further problems ?Please help me.

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I am running the home edition of windows 7 as fresh install and I have just come across a limitation i can't seem to get beyond.

I want to enable the "No auto-restart for scheduled Automatic Updates" which I would normally do using gpedit.msc, which of course isn't available in the home edition

question is does anyone know where i need to add the registry key as the folder hierarchy isn't the same as vista so the normal route HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate\AU doesn't exist

any ideas ??

A:No auto-restart for scheduled Automatic Updates

no help here

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I just updated my 64-bit PC with the anniversary update, as confirmed by the changes to the notification at far right, and all programs showing on the start menu.

But then, I tried the update on my 32-bit PC, which I started and let run while away from it. When I came back, Windows had restarted, so I assumed that it had updated. However, the notification icon is still to the left of the date in task bar and the start menu at left, still as it was. As it appeared the update did not work, I went into Windows updates again, where I was advised there were none available.

I assumed that if it failed, that it would be available again under updates, however now not sure what happened?
Update: Found the Windows Update Assistant and running it shows that I had 1511 version and not the Anniversary 1607. I'm thinking now that the updates were all for 1511 and not the anniversary update.
Anyway, continued with the 1607 update that fully downloaded, verified and started the update. About 15% of the way, it failed with error 0x80070570. Tried it twice with same result. Any ideas?

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How can I do this on a non-admin account ? The update tab does not display. Is there somewhere in the registry I can do this ?

A:Stop automatic updates - Java

Click Start > Run > type msconfig

Click OK.

Select the Startup tab.

Uncheck jusched.
Restart the computer.

After restarting, when the small "System Configuration Utility" window appears, ignore the message. Put a check mark in that window, then click OK.

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I have automatic updates disabled; I also disable windows update and bits and allow it to run only once or twice a week; On an off chance I had forgotten to disable windows update for two days, it automatically installed an update even though automatic updates
was confirmed disabled and set to "check but do not download."  This suggests Microsoft or a MITM may be capable of pushing unwanted updates or worse.
I suspected that Microsoft and affiliates working with the NSA, DoD, Israel, and or the US and possibly other foreign governments are testing to see it if were possible to run an update with the future intent of injecting malware. I have since disabled automatic
updates and run them only at my own leisure. It is every first or second Tuesday of each month that windows releases their monthly security rollups, providing little reason to leave automatic updates on 24/7. With windows update's history of malfeasance, collusion
and security risks I recommend all security conscious users do the same. 
It would be nice to see a script for accomplishing this automatically, if anybody could provide details on how to do this, that would be much appreciated.


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So on RTM build, you used to have these options:

But now, in TH2, you only have this:

Is anyone else annoyed that Microsoft seems to be PURPOSELY REMOVING more and more of users' choice...

Is it going to be like this every single update? If so, I'm done with Windows 10.

A:Option to stop automatic driver updates is GONE in TH2???

Hello Joe,

Selecting "No" will turn off device driver automatic installation.

Device Driver Automatic Installation - Turn On or Off in Windows 10

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I bought a new laptop 3 months ago (asus k557) with windows 8 that was working fine. However, the latest automatic update from windows caused an unknown error that stopped it from being able to load windows on restart. I tried troubleshooting (unknown error, please restart) restarting (error, please restart) but the same blue page with a sad face kept popping up, so I used the advanced options to go in and do a system restore prior to the latest update an it loaded up completely fine. Now it's done the update again and I've had to do a system restore again, wondered if anyone had any suggestions other than trying to stop the updates altogether? Thanks.

A:Automatic updates stop laptop from working

Do you have an external mouse connected? disconnect it at try the updates without it, if problem persists then try the following

Windows will not update if critical files are infected in your computer.
Scan for viruses or malware

Certain programs can interfere with windows, if you go to MSCONFIG

click services click hide microsoft services

click general tab

click selective startup

uncheck load system services

uncheck load startup items

click apply then ok then reboot

connect your internet and download and install all the windows updates that are important or critical

if all sucessful run msconfig click normal startup reboot

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The title says it all. I included my .zip from the SF Diagnostic Tool.

I initially had a different processor and motherboard, but after changing both of those due to failures, everything is now working fine, until I do a restart.

The main restart issue is that it gets stuck in an automatic repair loop until I can get to Safe Mode and then restarting from there somehow undoes the updates from Windows Update.

If I keep those updates off, though, and just try to do a general restart, I get a BSOD Watchdog error. I'll include that log, just in case. It'll be in CBS.zip since I'm including the whole CBS folder from Windows\Logs.

I'm really not sure what's wrong here. Thanks for your help and I'll update this post or post more info, if need be. Thanks again.

A:BSOD-Watchdog Restart; Automatic Repair Loop after updates

We'll try to fix the BSOD issues. If that doesn't work, then I'll send you over to the Windows Updates & Activation forums for some expert assistance with your CBS logs.

Your BIOS dates from 2013. Please check at the manufacturer's website to see if there are any BIOS updates available for your system. Also check the readme file to see if they apply to the problems that you are having. Please be advised that flashing the BIOS is a very unforgiving process - and one mistake can physically damage your motherboard. If possible, use the "inside Windows" flash mechanism (if your OEM provides one).

SAlpham64 is blamed in the WER section of MSINFO32. This belongs to your SteelSeries Keyboard Driver. Please uninstall it immediately. Also, if you're able, try another keyboard. After the system is stabilized, feel free to download and install a fresh copy of the latest, Win8.1 compatible version of the keyboard drivers.

Please note the drivers below that date from before the release of Windows 8.1 (17 Oct 2013) - check to see that each and every one is compatible w/Windows 8.1 (at the manufacturer's website). If not, you must either remove the device and it's software - or locate a Windows 8.1 compatible update on the web. Removing some drivers may make the system unstable - so if you're unable to find updates, post back for info on the one's that can/cannot be safely removed.

The drivers that are struckout don't have updates available (AFAIK).
DO NOT del... Read more

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I have read the forums for this question before. when trying to update windows so that i may download a newer version of zune to use with my window's phone I recieve this "window update cannot currently check for updates becuase the service is not running.
You may need to restart your computer." while i am checking for updates in the systems and securites section of my control panal. I have a Refurbished Gateway Touchscreen computer. It came with windows 7. Restarting has done nothing to help. Please help me
fix this problem.

A:Windows update cannot currently check for updates because the service is not running. You may need to restart your computer

This worked for me (Windows Server 2008 R2):

go to services and stop Windows update servicelocate C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\ folder and delete all its contentstart Windows update servicecheck for updates


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Please help me out my pc is getting automatic restart and show diskette drive 0 seek failure but i turned this off from setup of computer but again its is restarting. I install windows around 5-6 times but the problem is with every windows.My first windows was 7 pro , then i install windows 8.1 , then againg win7 ultimate all are 32bit ,but then i installed windows 7 pro 64bit because my processor is 64bit but problem was still there.Then i installed windows 8.1 again but now when it turned on it gets hang and blue screen appears and says "your pc ran into problem".It was continued till now but when i went again to turn it on it shows an "-"(Hyphen) blinking and nothing starts or no windows loading please help me out ASAP. And one more thing if it is hard disk problem then should i install 1tb hard disk in my Dell inspiron 530s.
 My specs are:
Intel® Core™2 Duo Processor E4500 (2M Cache, 2.20 GHz,
Intel(R) G33/G31 Express Chipset Family


A:Automatic Restart In Dell Inspiron 530s

Hi Lawleit
Thanks for writing to us. 
Please check in BIOS if the hard drive is detected. 
Also run diagnostics from f12 menu and let us know the outcome. 
If possible try this HD on a different machine or a different HD on this machine. 
Await your response.

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These are not working/detecting updates for my system. They report no packages/drivers found/available for my system. However, if I go to the support site and manually browse through the drivers list, I find a few that are recommended (and newer than what I have installed) and one urgent (newer than I have installed)The urgent one is Intel ME for version - I have installedThe recommended one is Diagnostics Lite for version 4.22.0 - I have 4.20.1 installed When I run the following command, I get; c:\drivers\win\me\meinfowin.exe Intel MEInfo Version: Any ideas why new drivers are not being detected? This happened once before, and I manually installed the drivers. I have not manually installed these latest drivers yet. My system is Windows 10 Pro - Version 1803 - Build 17134.191BIOS - N1DET98W 2.24Vantage - Update 5 - 5.07.0072Lenovo Service Bridge - Automatic Driver Update - what's provided on support.lenovo.com ThanksDoug

A:P70: Vantage/System Update 5/Automatic Driver Update not detecting drivers/updates

Vantage and Lenovo System Update both use the SU catalog.The SU catalog is updated with the new driver around 30 days after it shows up on the support page.Lenovo must quality test the driver and build .XML entries for the catalog. Thus your support page has the most current drivers.

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This is one of my biggest annoyances, an auto update happens for windows and every few minutes I get this popup window telling me it's going to restart and I keep having to push restart later. Is there a way to get it to go away permanently without restarting?

A:Override Automatic Update Restart

Right click my Computer then select properties select the automatic updates then select turn off. U can always do the updates manually.

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I downloaded and installed the Anniversary update on my Dell laptop last week. Since then, I've been having trouble with the laptop's WiFi adapter setting getting changed from "Obtain DNS server address automatically" to "Use the following DNS server address: When this happens the laptop in inundated with ads for all kinds of software to solve Windows 10 problems. If I reset server settings, problems go away for awhile until settings get changed again. I've run full scans of Windows Defender with not problems found. Any suggestions on how to proceed?

A:DNS problems following Anniversary Update on my Dell laptop

Welcome to the forum can you set dns to & and see if that works
Please download Adware cleaner from the link below.
ToolsLib - Downloads - AdwCleaner
Save it to your desktop.
Right click run as admin.
Hit the scan button.
Allow completion.
Make sure all items are ticked.
Hit the clean button.
Even if no items are displayed to be ticked hit the clean button anyway.
The machine will reboot this is normal.
Post the log in your next reply.

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I have Vista SP2 and maybe a month ago autoudates disappeared. It tells me it is not running and may I should reboot, but, give no error number. Also rebooting doesnot restart the service.  I ran a diag from Microsoft site and it tells me my computer doesn't support the software.

A:How do I restart/reinstall the automatic update service?

to Bleeping Computer Download then run Farbar Service Scanner and checkmark all boxes.Click Scan and then a Notepad text will open. Copy-Paste the report on your next reply. 

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I have a Dell Inspiron 5748 Notebook and I'm having trouble updating to the anniversary update. I have tried everything, its not being offered in windows update, I've tried using the tool Microsoft offers but it always gets stuck at the reboot part. I've heard about other people upgrading successfully to it with the same computer as me. I really need help but I don't know what to do.

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I have set windows update to update manually, however every time I turn on, I get a little yellow speech bubble reminding me that automatic updates are turned off and that my computer might be at risk. I know that they are turned off! Is there a way to stop this reminder popping up every time I turn on?

(It's nice to get the little things right...)

I would be glad of some help.

Windows XP Pro SP2.

A:How to stop "automatic windows update" reminder.

Start > Settings > Control Panel > Security Settings .... " Change the way Security Center alerts me"

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