We covered this when we looked at examples of useful registry hacks The Windows registry can be scary at first glance.
It’s a place where power users can change a wide variety of settings that aren’t exposed elsewhere.
You could also change the same registry key or set Windows 8 to only install updates when you choose to work around this, just on Windows 7.
If you’re updating manually, you can click the “updates are available” text in the Windows Update window and see what updates will be applied.
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You could also just set Windows to “Download updates but let me choose when to install them” and only install updates when you’re ready to reboot.
If you want to see a Windows 7-style notification on your Windows 8 desktop, you could install the free Windows Update Notifier utility.
If you don’t reboot in three days after installing updates, the nagging and automatic reboots will start.
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To open the Windows Update Control Panel tool, press the Windows key on your computer, type “Update” without quotes, and click the Windows Update shortcut that appears.
On Windows 8, you’ll have to click the Settings option before you see the Windows Update shortcut.
If you’re a Windows user, you should probably have Windows automatically install or at least automatically download updates.
The “automatically download updates” option gives you a good combination of automation and manual control, automatically downloading updates and letting you choose when to go through the reboot process.