Preventing Windows Update from Rebooting your computer Part 1

In my previous post about 64 bit computers I mentioned a time when Microsoft Automatic Updates ran and rebooted a computer of mine while compiling a video. Since then another person I know told me of the same issue and I have received many calls over the last year about “lost” data that occurred when office computers were left on and files such as Excel and Word were left open and unsaved and the system rebooted.

Fortunately most people were using Office 2003 or 2007 so a saved copy was there, however a couple of clients still use Office 2000 and that was a little more difficult.

Today let’s go over how to prevent Windows XP Home, Vista Home and Window 7 Home versions from rebooting automatically after a Windows Automatic Update. Continue reading

Speed up Windows XP Menu

When you click on the “Start” button and hover over the “All Programs” button and then your individual programs buttons, there is a slight delay. I see no reason for that. We can decrease and even remove that delay with a simple registry edit.

Before you make the following changes to the registry, be sure to first back it up, otherwise expect meteors from the heavens to destroy your computer! So back it up just like you have learned in other articles here.

To edit the registry, click on the “Start” button and then click on the “Run” button and type in “Regedit” in the box provided.

Now you will need to navigate the left side by clicking on the “+” symbols to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop.

On the right hand window pane double click on MenuShowDelay (the list is in alphabetical order).

The current value should be 400, I believe this is milliseconds but I could be wrong. Change the number to a lower number down to and including 0 (Zero). I choose 10, just in case.

Restart your computer and see the change.

Until we meet again, have a virus free week.