Restart Now? Restart Later? How about 24 hours later?

Today Microsoft came out with patches for 7 bugs. I promptly applied them as usual, and got the usual nag screen afterwards…

And of course, 10 minutes later, the same message. If you look up “restart now restart later” on Google, you’ll get lots of frustrated people talking about bad design in software, and how this dialog is really annoying for many reasons. Some places tell you how to disable it with gpedit.msc, but I’ve got a simpler solution. Just run my regedit file: Restart Later (24 hour nag).reg. Once you run this (and reboot to apply the change) you won’t be nagged again for 24 hours. If you really don’t want to reboot yet, you can restart the Windows Update Auto Update Client process. Just hit Ctrl+Atl+Del, click Task Manager, go to the Processes tab, and look for the image name “wuauclt.exe”. Select this and click “End Process”. This will kill the program that keeps nagging you, and Windows will automatically restart it in a minute with the changes applied.

Just keep in mind, you really should reboot sometime today, you probably just don’t have to right now… or in 10 minutes… or 20… 30…