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I had to reinstall Windows 7 on my laptop. How can I tell Windows Update to completely update my laptop without asking the user nor waiting to restart. I want it to run overnight and get everything installed and done by morning.

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closests thing to doing that would be to start the update manually. the use of deployment practices, microsoft.com/download/en/… as you can see right there, it is not a good way to do it for a single computer. Another method would be to start with a slipstreamed SP1 then go from there, another learning process that would go well beyond simple. –  Psycogeek Mar 6 '12 at 15:46
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Very close related to serverfault.com/questions/320750/… –  motobói Mar 6 '12 at 17:17
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Schedule the following command to be run on startup:

  • wuauclt /detectnow

And go into Windows Udpate and change the settings to say "Download and install updates automatically", then you should be able to start Windows Update manually and go away. After the update is completed it'll reboot, after the restart it'll go look for more updates.

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This utility can make a DVD or USB flash drive to run an unattended installation of all Windows updates, reboots automatically and continues updates until all of them are installed.

Do lots of reading before making the DVD.

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I use WuInstall. It is a command line tool and allows you to search for Windows Updates, download and install them and to specify the reboot behavior. In your case, a simple wuinstall /install should do what you want, however the reboots are still an issue which you might have to do manually.

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