Disabling automatic reboot after automatic updates

Discussion in 'Windows Update' started by Mokupono, Oct 18, 2005.

  1. Mokupono

    Mokupono Guest

    Is there a way to disable the automatic reboot after an XP machine performs
    an automatic update? Unfortunately we are still running on a NT network so
    we're not updating via the network. All XP machines have auto update turned
    on but since the users log on as Power Users, it won't give them the choice
    to reboot at a later time (or cancel the restart).

    Any suggestions?

    Thanks in advance.

    Mokupono, Oct 18, 2005
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  2. Why not give them full control, e.g. at least prompt to install?
    Then if a reboot is required it is their responsibility because
    they allowed the install.


    Robert Aldwinckle
    Robert Aldwinckle, Oct 20, 2005
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  3. Mokupono

    Mokupono Guest

    Because that would give the user the ability to install anything they want on
    company machines, which is what we are trying to avoid.
    Mokupono, Oct 20, 2005
  4. If the users do not have local administrator privileges, then the /only/ way
    you can 'control' the restart of the machine is to not install the updates
    while they're trying to use the machine.

    There's a reason why the default installation time is set to 3am. :)

    btw... there's an inconsistency in what you've posted. If you're concerned
    about users having the ability to "install anything they want", then you
    might want to review the authority of a "Power User" vis a vis the ability
    to install software, specifically:

    Power Users can:
    a.. Run legacy applications, in addition to Windows 2000 or Windows XP
    Professional certified applications.
    b.. Install programs that do not modify operating system files or install
    system services.
    c.. Customize systemwide resources including printers, date, time, power
    options, and other Control Panel resources.
    d.. Create and manage local user accounts and groups.
    e.. Stop and start system services which are not started by default.
    Note the second item..: "Install programs that do not modify operating
    system files, or install system services." I tell you.. there's a lot of
    that out there, and the more typical stuff you don't want installed on those
    systems falls right into that classification!
    Lawrence Garvin [MVP], Oct 21, 2005

  5. I don't see that. AU shows them only what is being offered for download.
    You could say it would give the user the ability to *avoid* installing anything
    you want them to install and be more accurate I think. That would be
    especially true if you were having them connect to your own WSUS
    instead of Microsoft's WU or MU.

    Robert Aldwinckle, Oct 21, 2005
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