Saturday, May 26, 2007

Prolong Time-Out for Restarting after Windows Update.

Some Windows Updates need the system to be restarted after installation. To this interim period can be adjusted in registry. This fix will work with Windows 2000 (SP3 onwards) and for Windows Xp.

  • Open the Registry Editor and navigate to the key "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\ SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate\AU".
  • If both the sub-keys "WindowsUdate\AU" are not present, create thes with "Edit/New/Key".
  • Create a new entry "RebootWarnigTimeoutEnabled" in the right side of the Registry Editor window by clicking on "Edit/New/Key".
  • Open it and set its "Value" to "1". With this you enable the instruction of an interval. Create another value called "Rebootwarning-Timeout". Enter the desired span in minutes as the "Value". e.g. "30".
  • Additionally, the span between the consistent "Restart later" messages can also be prolonged. This can be done with other entries in the Registry Key used above.
  • Create a DWORD value with the name "Reboot-RelaunchTimeoutEnabled" and set it to "1".
  • Then Create the DWORD value, "Reboot Relaunch-Timeout" and enter the desired duration in minutes after which Windows should repeat the message.

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