Like many users, I’ve set my Windows Update option to “Manual” rather than “Automatic” so I don’t have to suddenly be required to restart my computer when I’m in the middle of something, or have my computer restart in the middle of the night while I’m sleeping. A while ago, I installed SP1 for Windows 7 which, unbeknownst to me, had reset my Windows Update option to “Automatic.” Meanwhile, I’d been running a simulation that required my computer to be on 24/7. You can imagine where this is going.

Luckily for me, the dreaded Windows Update Restart-Your-Computer window popped up while I happened to be at the computer, so at least it didn’t restart without my knowing. Unfortunately, the popup window only allows me to “Restart Now” or “Postpone,” and if I choose the second option, the window will automatically popup again within 4 hours (the longest postpone option), at which time I will have to be at my computer to click “Postpone” again.

At this point my options are either to restart my simulation from scratch and lose a week’s worth of work, or divide my sleep schedule into 4 hours blocks so I can oblige the Windows Update popup. Thankfully, there is actually a way to kill this window and not have it popup again.

So, now all is well. But seriously, Microsoft, why do you do this to us? This is not the first time.