Windows: If you like the convenience of automatic updates but not the irritation of Windows nagging you to reboot your machine, Leave Me Alone! is a simple workaround that requires no registry editing or disabling of Windows update.
Brad Isaac over at the productivity and development blog put together a little freeware application to cut back on Windows nagging. He writes:
To address this problem, I created a simple little app called Leave Me Alone! When you run it and click the “Leave Me Alone” button it temporarily turns off the source of these restart messages. It is certain to boost your productivity when the WU Restart beast comes calling.
I see about 5 advantages to using this software:
1. You can get back to work immediately
2. Does not permanently disable your updates
3. You don’t have to memorize net-stop commands
4. You don’t have to fish around in the system services panel
5. You don’t have to set a system policy
It’s that simple. Run the app, the update nags disappear and you don’t have to do anything but eventually reboot your computer when you’re done working to finish the update process. Leave Me Alone! is freeware, Windows only. Have a favourite application, tip or trick for dealing with operating system annoyances? Let’s hear about it in the comments.
Leave Me Alone! Turn Off Windows Update Restart Nag [Persistence Unlimited via Ghacks]