When downloading updates for Windows XP, it occasionally requires a reboot. Initially it prompts and allows you to say "ask me again later". On my computer at home, it asks me again about every 5 minutes. However, with my computer at work (both Windows XP Pro, SP3), it is more like every 3 hours that it prompts me. This leads me to believe there is a setting somewhere that configures this, but I don't know where it is. Can anyone confirm there is a setting for this and where it might be?
Our very own Jeff Atwood ranted about this a few years ago:
You should be able to at least turn it off.
The synopsis goes like this:
Press Windows+r and run
In case that's not legible it's:
Personally I chose to enable 7, 9 and 11. Enabling 7 actually disables the auto-restart. 11 was enabled and set to it's max value (1440) with the scroll wheel. I took this from my own question which was about Windows 7.
It's been pointed out that Home editions of Windows don't come with
Keys #5 and #6 are for enabling #10 from the above set and setting it to its maximum.
Yes you can change it, it's a setting in the group policy editor.
Look under Computer Configuration->Administrative Templates->Windows Components->Windows Update. there's a setting called "Re-prompt for restart with scheduled installations". Just set this to the time your want (Or turn it off)