Longtime subscriber Clif (who used to write the Clif’s Notes newsletter) wrote to ask for some Windows 7 help, since he doesn’t use it much:
Since you are often looking for problems to write about, I’ll share one with you. A few weeks ago, I heard my wife exclaim (nice way to put it) in frustration as her Win7 PC rebooted without warning to "update Windows." She asked me to look into, but I have been using Linux most of the time and I wasn’t really motivated to do that.
Some time later, I was using Win7 myself, and the same thing happened. Have you seen this? Any ideas whether it’s a settings issue or something we have to live with?
Best holiday wishes to you.
I haven’t found the direct control about rebooting, although I think there is one.
My solution is to use the Windows Updates settings to control this.
Control Panel > System and Security > Windows Update > Change settings
will let her choose among options for updates.
She can choose from:
- Install updates automatically
- Download updates but let me choose whether to install them (my choice – this puts the time of update under my control)
- Check for updates but let me decide whether to download and install them, or
- Never check for updates.