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Question is simple: I have an executable on my computer (running windows 7 Professional) that wants to restart my pc to install updates every single day. Unfortunately I can't remove it entirely, so I'm wondering if there's any way to leave it running but somehow revoke its permission to restart my pc.

More info: Looking at the event viewer, it says "exe has initiated the restart of computer on behalf of user NT AUTHORITY/SYSTEM"

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I don't think so. If it was Linux, then maybe you could... :D – BenjiWiebe Feb 22 '13 at 13:52
An executable can't restart your pc without your permission. You cannot prevent that permission from being requested, although, you in theory you could grant that permission always automatically. – Ramhound Feb 22 '13 at 13:55
tiny bit of a horrible hack would be to keep notepad open. Seems to prevent reboots most of the time. – Journeyman Geek Feb 22 '13 at 13:56
@Ramhound I'm not at my pc when this happens. I'll add more info to the question. – Mansfield Feb 22 '13 at 13:57
If the patching application requires a reboot to finish its work, it might not be the best idea to prevent it from doing that. – Oliver Salzburg Feb 22 '13 at 14:08
up vote 3 down vote accepted

If the software has no options to change the frequency of reboots, then the only means would be to create a recurring task of a batch file running shutdown /a and hope that it runs whenever the exe calls for a reboot.

Ultimately, I'd get rid of a software that I can't control. Most people would consider software that "patches stuff" and reboots every day malware.

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Thanks for the answer. I forgot to mention this is a work computer, it's the network's patch distribution software so it's definitely not malware. – Mansfield Feb 22 '13 at 17:46
In that case I would talk to someone in the IT department and describe this to them. I'm sure they have these patches on a schedule and can look into why yours is so frequent. It might be a simple group policy issue. – Moses Feb 22 '13 at 17:58

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