Tuesday, May 20, 2014

How to Stop Windows From Restarting Automatically After Windows Updates

By default, Windows will run a restart automatically after Windows Updates have been installed (whether you run updates automatically or manually). Users usually receive a pop up window repeatedly with a countdown timer similar to the one below.

If a user's computer is left unattended and the user misses the opportunity to postpone the restart, the computer will restart automatically. When this occurs, users may find that they've lost any work they were working on due to the unexpected restart (which can be rather annoying). This guide will show you how to disable automatic restarts after Windows Updates have installed. This will work in both Windows 7 and Windows 8.

The Easy Method

For non-advanced users, I am providing an easy way to disable the automatic restarts via a download. This download will automatically add the registry key needed to disable this function.

Click Here to Download

Once you have this downloaded, open the file. You should see a User Account Control window similar to the one below pop up, click Yes on the prompt. If you don't see this prompt because you have User Account Control disabled, that's fine. Just continue onto the next step.

Once you click yes, you'll see another window that will ask you to confirm you want to continue. Click Yes as shown below.

You'll receive a confirmation window informing you that the registry key has successfully been added.

You'll need to restart your computer in order for the changes to take effect. From this point on, your computer will prompt you to restart it when automatic updates require a restart, although it won't have a countdown timer and won't restart automatically if the user doesn't respond to the prompt. If you have any questions or run into any issues, contact information is provided at the end of this How-To.

The Advanced Method

Advanced users who prefer to add the registry key manually may do so as well. These instructions will be brief since they're targeted towards advanced users.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The registry should only be modified by advanced users who know what they're doing. Any mistake you make when modifying the registry can have disastrous results, therefore I strongly caution you to proceed at your own risk. I highly advise non-advanced users to go with the easy method shown above, its the easiest and safest way to apply this change. 

1. Open the registry editor by typing in regedit via the start menu's (or start screen's) search function.

2. Navigate to: "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate\AU"
       - If the Windows Update and AU folders don't exist, please create them manually.

3. Create a DWORD (32-Bit) Value (may just appear as DWORD Value on 32-Bit machines) named NoAutoRebootWithLoggedOnUsers and set it's value to 1. If this value already exists, then change it's value from 0 to 1.

4. Close the Registry Editor and restart your computer for the changes to take effect.

From this point on, your computer will prompt you to restart it when automatic updates are installed, although it won't have a countdown timer and won't restart automatically if you don't respond to the prompt.

This should resolve the annoyance of automatic restarts due to Windows Update. If you have any questions or run into any issues, please feel free to leave a comment below. You may also contact us directly via email. Please show your support for our site by liking us on Facebook.

Monday, October 15, 2012

How to get the Start Menu Back in Windows 8

Many users are complaining that Windows 8 lacks the Start Menu which Windows has had for so long (I am one of those users). While Microsoft has removed the Start Menu, there are always ways around it and today I'm going to be showing you how to get the start menu back in Windows 8.

You'll need to download a tool called ViStart. You can download it at http://lee-soft.com/vistart/. Once you've downloaded the tool you'll need to run the installer. The installer may ask you to install freeware like toolbars, DO NOT INSTALL THESE, please un-check any boxes or decline any license agreements to that additional software. Once the installer has completed, it may prompt you to restart your computer, if it does please do so, if it doesn't, just click on Finish. That's it, you should now have the Windows Start Menu just as you did in previous versions. If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment or you can email us.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

New Logo

We've implemented a new logo recently and would like to hear your feedback on it.

New Logo

Old Logo
Please let us know what you think by sending us an email, leaving a comment or you can always voice your opinion on our Facebook page.

How To: Avoid Going Over Your Data Cap with Onavo Extend

Do you have a data cap on your data plan? Are you worried about going over that cap? Most smartphone carriers no longer offer unlimited data and a lot of users are on capped data plans. Onavo Extend is an app that can help you avoid going over your data cap. By compressing your data, Onavo Extend can increase the power of data plan by up to 80% -- giving you the ability to do up to 80% more with your current data plan without any additional fees or hassles. We're going to show you how to setup Onavo Extend on the iPhone.

1. Launch the app store and search for Onavo Extend. Install it.
2. Launch Onavo Extend once the app is installed.
3. Onavo will ask you to enter your email address. This is not required although it's preferable you enter it.
4. Your iPhone will ask you to install the Onavo profile. Tap on Install.

5. Once the profile is installed, tap on Done.
6. You'll be brought back into the Onavo Extend app and it will show that Onavo is now shrinking your data and that you are saving.
That's it for setting up Onavo Extend on your iPhone. This app will help you avoid going over your data plan and avoid overage charges. There's an Android version available of this app for Android users but unfortunately I don't have a tutorial for this up on an Android device at this time although it's fairly easy. If you have any questions, please feel free to leave them in the comments or you can email me directly. For more information on Onavo Extend, please visit http://www.onavo.com/

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

New Site Design

If you've visited our site before, you may have noticed a change in the site's design. That's because we've completely redesigned our site and have changed the layout to a cleaner and more modern design. We'd love to hear what you think about the new design so please let us know what you think about it in the comments or on our Facebook page. Thanks!

Monday, April 9, 2012

Facebook Buys Instagram for about $1 Billion

Facebook has just purchased Instagram for about $1 Billion as noted by Mark Zuckerberg in a post on Facebook:

"I'm excited to share the news that we've agreed to acquire Instagram and that their talented team will be joining Facebook. 
For years, we've focused on building the best experience for sharing photos with your friends and family. Now, we'll be able to work even more closely with the Instagram team to also offer the best experiences for sharing beautiful mobile photos with people based on your interests. 
We believe these are different experiences that complement each other. But in order to do this well, we need to be mindful about keeping and building on Instagram's strengths and features rather than just trying to integrate everything into Facebook. 
That's why we're committed to building and growing Instagram independently. Millions of people around the world love the Instagram app and the brand associated with it, and our goal is to help spread this app and brand to even more people. 
We think the fact that Instagram is connected to other services beyond Facebook is an important part of the experience. We plan on keeping features like the ability to post to other social networks, the ability to not share your Instagrams on Facebook if you want, and the ability to have followers and follow people separately from your friends on Facebook. 
These and many other features are important parts of the Instagram experience and we understand that. We will try to learn from Instagram's experience to build similar features into our other products. At the same time, we will try to help Instagram continue to grow by using Facebook's strong engineering team and infrastructure. 
This is an important milestone for Facebook because it's the first time we've ever acquired a product and company with so many users. We don't plan on doing many more of these, if any at all. But providing the best photo sharing experience is one reason why so many people love Facebook and we knew it would be worth bringing these two companies together. 
We're looking forward to working with the Instagram team and to all of the great new experiences we're going to be able to build together."