How to get rid of the Automatic updates nag “Do you want to restart your computer now?”

Just a quick note to help folks who want to get rid of the annoying restart prompt that keeps popping up after an automatic update has installed.

  • Press the windows button and R (windows button + R) for the run prompt
  • If you’ve done this before the command will be pre-filled … if it isn’t then type in
  • net stop “automatic updates” <——— note the quotes?

Do you want to restart your computer now?

Remember … you really should restart your computer after an update has installed. So make sure you do that eventually.

PS: Starting certain applications will cause the automatic update service to start running again and the nag will come back. Just Rinse and repeat 🙂

Nifty email application feature: Windows live Mail

This is a neat little feature in the new Windows Live Mail.

windows live mail feature

For those who don’t know, Windows live mail is the Microsoft’s email replacement for Outlook Express 6.

I love this feature so much because now, my email client won’t corrupt my contacts with a ton of useless entries (if you use craigslist a lot you’ll know what I mean).

Its exellent logic, because if I exchange emails with a person a couple of times, then its a pretty good bet that I want that person in my contact list but am too lazy to do it manually.  Now Live Mail does it automagically, so you don’t have to … thats called an “intelligent default”. Makes for excellent application design because it “doesn’t make me think

What would be even better would be the ability to set the threshold number manually.

Hotmail outage …. arggghhhh!

Trust microsoft to make me look stupid on the rare day that I wade in to defend them in this unfair pile-on (5 lame exuses from people still using hotmail for email).

Hotmail is inaccessible today … and I’m ripping my hair out.Hotmail outage message December 18th @ 4:20pm Central Time.

The url says something about being unable to access my user data file?!?!
sigh … I have a gmail account too, BUT I can’t remember the last time they had an outage.