Windows 8 will force reboots (well maybe) !!!

Windows 8 is renaming the second week of every month. After “Patch Tuesday” comes “Gentle reminder Wednesday,” “Polite yet firm suggestion Thursday” and “Automatic restart Friday”. In order to keep everyone’s system secure, Windows Update will download patches in the background before adding a notification on your lock screen that you’re due a restart. If you haven’t managed it within 72 hours, you’ll be given a 15 minute warning to save your work and close up before it forces the shutdown

Solution?

When it comes to Windows Update, one of the most discussed topics is the disruptiveness of restarts in the course of automatic updating. And for good reason—restarts can interrupt you right in the middle of something important.

The obvious question to ask first is why does the installation of updates even require a restart at all? Ideally, we would like all update installations to happen seamlessly in the background without a restart. But, in reality, there are situations where the installer is not able to update files because they are in use. In these cases, they need to restart your machine to complete the installation. The automatic updating experience thus needs to be able to handle cases where restarts are required.

This architectural challenge is one that frustrates administrators and end-users alike, but it does represent the state of the art for Windows. It is important to understand that for many updates, even if you could continue running the existing code that is already in memory, it is that very code that is a security vulnerability (for example), so the risk to the security (or reliability) of the machine would remain until you restart your machine. Applications that support the Windows Restart Manager (introduced in Windows Vista) can return you to precisely where you left off after a restart.

Install-at-shutdown – The majority of automatic update users (39%) are updating when they shut down their systems. For these users, there is no automatic restart because the system can complete all steps of the installation during shutdown. This is the least disruptive experience for users, and so we do want to “hitch a ride” whenever we can on user-initiated shutdowns instead of inconveniencing users with a separate restart.

Install-at-scheduled-time – For the 30% who are scheduling automatic updates, their installations start at a scheduled time (the default is 3 AM in the time-zone where the PC is located) or the next time the user logs in (if they miss the 3 AM window). WU automatically completes any restarts necessary to finish the installation. To ensure that you get the chance to save any important files and data before the restart, they show you a 15-minute countdown timer before the restart.

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