How to stop the irritating “Updating your computer is almost complete – Restart Now?” message

monitor.jpgLooks like they updated the computers here in the Atkins Library again here at UNCC. Every time they do so, we get stuck with the “Updating your computer is almost complete – Restart Now?” message with a five minute countdown. Rebooting doesn’t help as that message pops right back up 30 minutes after the reboot.  Over and over again.

It’s real simple to fix although you have to go into the system settings to do so.  That will give some folks the willies but it’s fairly easy.

Click on the Start button like you were going to start up a program followed by the Run icon.  You’ll get a small popup that includes an “Open:” field.  Type or copy in “gpedit.msc” without the quotes and click on the OK button.  You’ll get a new window that sort of looks like the file manager included with Windows.

Here’s where you have to do digging but we’re looking for something that’s found in a very specific place within the system.  Look at the column along the left hand side and travel these levels until you reach the final one:

  • Local Computer Policy
  • Computer Configuration
  • Administrative Templates
  • Windows Components
  • Windows Update

When you click on the Windows Update folder, you’ll get a long list of records in the right hand side window. Look for the one labeled “Re-prompt for restart with scheduled installations” and double click on that to pull it up for editing.

We have to change both settings within that window. You can choose any number between 5 and 1440 minutes (That’s 24 hours in case you didn’t know) and you have to click on the enable selector.

Not done yet. When you exit out of that window, it saves your settings but you still need to tell your computer to pay attention to the changes settings.

Open up the Run box again and type or copy in “gpupdate.exe /force” without the quotes and press ENTER.

Hope this helps

But I didn’t hear anything…

Hmm, we had a pipe bomb discovered near me today.


CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A street near the University of North Carolina at Charlotte is back open after Charlotte-Mecklenburg police blew up what looked like a pipe bomb.

The bomb squad blew up the device found in a convenience store
dumpster around 10 a.m. The clerk at the store at the intersection of
University City Boulevard and John Mark Road found the cylinder wrapped
in black tape, which was attached to what looked like a timing device.

Investigators now say it was not a real bomb, but they have no idea who put it there or why.