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Let me start by saying that I love Windows 7. I think it's the best OS that Microsoft has put out in ages, possibly ever.

However, I do have one little complaint. Actually it's not that little, it's become a real pain in the butt for me.

I'm talking about Forced Updates.

Yes, I know it's always been a problem and that Windows would occasionally force a reboot while you were away, in order to install some important update. That's not quite what I'm referring to.

I mean the new "feature" where you don't have the choice to skip updates when shutting down. This isn't a big deal to those of you with desktop machines, but for those of us with laptops, it is rapidly becoming an unforgivable pain in the ass. Let me see if I can make myself a little clearer...

If I am shutting down my LAPTOP, 99% of the time it's because I need to get up and go. Not wait around for FORCED UPDATES!! I travel a lot, and there are few things more annoying than shutting down to head to the airport, or shutting down so I can board my flight, or shutting down because we're about to land, etc... and having to wait 5-10 minutes while Win 7 does it's thing. It's damn inconvenient.

There has to be a way you can detect if I'm on a laptop and give me the option to postpone updates, or skip them or (here's a thought) run them on startup instead of on shutdown. I'm usually not in a hurry when my machine is booting up, but if I'm powering down it's because I'm ready to GO!

Please fix this. Windows 7 rocks in almost every other way I can think of.

Posted on Monday, March 8, 2010 10:33 PM | Back to top

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I absolutely agree with you... this is possibly my biggest complaint about the OS.
Left by MarkPearl on Mar 08, 2010 11:20 PM

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Justin... that's good to hear. Hibernate sucked pretty bad in the past, so I've been very reluctant to try it. I'll give that a shot and see how it goes.
Left by Chris G. Williams on Mar 09, 2010 11:15 AM

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Hey are you? My name is Andrew from Bakbone Software. I am sorry to contact you through your blog, but Bakbone is interested in sponsoring an event for GCNUG in South Carolina.

Do you have any idea who I need to contact for this?

Thank you!

Andrew Choi
Left by Andrew on Mar 09, 2010 11:25 AM

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Hi Chris,

You should be able to use the group policy editor to turn this 'feature' off.

If you run gpedit.msc and then go to:

Computer Config->Administrative Templates->Windows Components->Windows Update

the top two options on there are about not displaying the 'Install Updates and Shut Down' option....

I can't test this because I'm a good boy who always installs updates straight away ;o) but it looks like that would be the option you need.

Left by CarlW on Mar 16, 2010 11:33 AM

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