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I'm sure folks have experienced this. You reinstall Windows and then you have continuous cycles of update => reboots => login => update => reboots => login ... just to come to the "latest version". I can't simply check everything I see either, because many updates are visible only after some other updates have been applied.

As a user, I don't care about the internal patch dependency, just "bring me to the latest". In theory, it should be able to update itself via the system account and embark on it's update=>reboot cyclic journey, without ever bothering the human to log-in.

So is there a way to express to Windows a user intention like "Just go on and update whatever, however. Don't bothering me till you have reached the 'latest version' and it's completed"?

EDIT: This is for my personal Windows 8 virtual machine, not a large corporate IT rollout.

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Did you ever try a WSUS server from Microsoft? Then you have managed system updates. Every computer will eventually get the updates. –  cybernard Apr 16 '13 at 21:52
I didn't understand what you said. This happened on my own personal windows 8 virtual machine; no other infrastructure available. –  DeepSpace101 Apr 17 '13 at 1:25
Ok, my idea is meant for corporate rollout. Have to come up with a new idea. –  cybernard Apr 17 '13 at 2:56

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Those reboot cycles are necessary, in the end, because some patches have patches have patches (... and so on!). You probably won't get around it without either A) patience or B) shell scripting.

A. Patience

Just set your Windows update schedule to always download and install all updates and use your computer, shutting down and starting up, at your regular schedule. The update service will take care of the rest. Are there particular updates you need and, so, are forcing updates to happen RIGHT NOW?

Or are you just sick of seeing that you have updates and that they're ready for install... then you want to search for how to suppress those messages.

B. Shell Scripting

If you're comfortable with a little bit of Windows shell scripting, via PowerShell, the open source project BoxStarter has something for you.

BoxStarter is for power-users, specifically software developers, who often re-install their OS or are bringing up new machines or virtual environments. It's got a lot of Windows features wrapped up in PowerShell commands. For example, once installed*, you have access to a Windows update command.


`* that's a topic for another question... "how to install PowerShell modules" or "how to install BoxStarter"

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Starting in Windows 7 (possibly Vista, not sure) you can go to Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Notification Area Icons to disable specific icons from causing pop up alerts. Also, any time a pop up appears there is a small wrench icon in the upper right that takes you to the same destination allowing you to disable that pop up. –  ultrasawblade Apr 22 '13 at 20:39
Installing Boxstarter recently got ALOT easier. see boxstarter.org For example either: 1. Open IE and go to boxstarter.org/package/git 2. From PS or cmd START boxstarter.org/package/git These will launch the boxstarter clickonce app, install chocolatey and git. You can replace "git" with any chocolatey package. –  Matt Wrock Aug 17 '13 at 17:20

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