Nothing is more annoying than working in the zone and getting interrupted. When it turns out Windows Update is pestering you to reboot, a double homicide is imminent.
Microsoft likes to “help out” by installing patches in the middle of the night. That is a good thing. But whatever goodwill they earn with this convenience is immediately destroyed when first thing in the morning a “reboot computer” message appears. And appears… and appears…
If you choose Restart Later, it waits about 10 minutes and then pops this screen up again. Argggh!
It occurred to me some of you may hate this as much as I do, but you don’t want to go fiddling around in Services.msc or have to memorize “net stop” commands. Worse is the articles that teach you to shut it off permanently. If you shut it off for good, you don’t get updates unless you manually go to Windows Update. In the long run, this can be more painful than rebooting as soon as you see the message.
So to address this problem, I created a simple little app called Leave Me Alone! When you run it and click the “Leave Me Alone” button it temporarily turns off the source of these restart messages. It is certain to boost your productivity when the WU Restart beast comes calling.
I see about 5 advantages to using this software:
You can get back to work immediately
Does not permanently disable your updates
You don’t have to memorize net-stop commands
You don’t have to fish around in the system services panel
You don’t have to set a system policy
Trivia: I coded Leave Me Alone! in C#. It is my first stand alone C# program. Woot!
Download Leave Me Alone! (Windows XP/Vista)
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