Automatic Windows updates

Discussion in 'Computer Support' started by Joel, Oct 18, 2003.

  1. Joel

    Joel Guest

    When you set Windows 2000 to automatically download and install updates each
    day at 3 a.m., does the computer automatically reboot or do you still have
    to do that manually?

    Also are Service Packs, patches, etc. equal when it comes to them needing a
    reboot after installation?
    Joel, Oct 18, 2003
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    pcbutts1 Guest

    pcbutts1, Oct 18, 2003
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    Frederic Guest

    windows update won't reboot your computer.
    you can install several patches and do a single reboot
    if you install a service pack you should reboot before installing other

    the following is from windows update help topics
    Scheduling automatic updates
    You can set up Windows to automatically download updates and install them on
    a schedule you specify. This enables you to keep your computer up-to-date
    without any interruptions. You don't even have to be at your computer.

    To schedule automatic updates

    1.. Click Start, point to Settings, and then click Control Panel.
    2.. Double-click Automatic Updates.
    3.. Click Automatically download the updates and install them on the
    schedule that I specify.
    4.. Set the days and time when you want Windows to install updates.
    After you set this option, Windows finds updates on the Windows Update Web
    site that apply to your computer and downloads them automatically in the
    background (you are not notified or interrupted during this process). When
    downloading is complete, a message appears in the status area so you can
    review the updates that are scheduled for installation. If you choose not to
    install at that time, Windows starts the installation on your set schedule.


    a.. To modify Automatic Updates settings, you must be logged on as an
    administrator or a member of the Administrators group. If your computer is
    connected to a network, network policy settings might also prevent you from
    completing this procedure.
    b.. If you choose to install updates when notified, you must be logged on
    as an administrator or a member of the Administrators group. However,
    installation will take place during the scheduled install time regardless of
    who is logged on to the computer at that time.
    c.. Some updates might require that your computer be restarted to complete
    the installation. If you are logged on to your computer, Windows notifies
    you and gives you the option to delay the restart. Be sure to save any work
    prior to the scheduled installation time. "
    Frederic, Oct 19, 2003
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