Dell Latitude D600
My automatic updates is configured so that I am prompted before anything is updated and installed. After the most recent Security Update for Windows (12/12/07 I believe), the Automatic Update Restart dialogue popped up. I restarted my computer, but the dialogue box continued to pop up no matter how many times I restarted. I cannot get it to go away. After lots of research, I have tried the following to no avail:
Start -> Run -> gpedit.msc -> Local Computer Policy -> Computer Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Windows Components -> Windows Update -> Re-prompt for restart with scheduled installations.
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
Run -> regedit -> HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\WindowsUpdate\Auto Update
Delete the RebootRequired sub-key
Run -> cmd -> 'sc stop wuauserv'
This last one actually makes the dialogue box disappear, but once I shut down and boot up again the Restart Now/Later dialogue box reappears.
I also tried uninstalling the last updates through Add/Remove programs to see if reinstalling the update might fix the problem. However, once I did that and tried to do a force update (online through microsoft update), it told me I had a previous update in progress and that my computer needed to be restarted before new updates could be installed. It gave me the following:
[Error number: 0x8DDD0007]
You need to restart your computer to finish installing a program or updates. You cannot view or get other updates from the site until you restart.
Read more about steps you can take to resolve this problem (error number 0x8DDD0007) yourself.
The steps it gives me to resolve this problem is to 1) Restart. Yes, did that, 50 times and it keeps telling me to restart again. 2) Delete the RebootRequired sub key (see above).
Both of these solutions do not work. After I delete that subkey and then restart, the prompt box reappears as does the subkey in the registry. So it seems I'm stuck in some cycle that I can't get out of.
This means that I am also blocked out of any new updates until I get this box to go away. This also means that some suggestions (from other posts) to just drag the box down to the corner of my screen and ignore it isn't a good solution.
This is quite possibly the most annoying thing ever and I would appreciate ANY help or suggestions that people have.
UPDATE 5:09 pm
I disable both Spybot and Symantec realtime protection, deleted the RebootRequired subkey, emptied the Software Distribution folder, ran disk clean up, restarted and the restart now/later dialogue box STILL reappears. Also uninstalled all security hotfixes from Windows dated 12/12/07 and tried to do an update through Windows Update and it tells me that I have to finish installing updates for them to take effect (same as above).
Edited by tnahman, 03 January 2008 - 04:12 PM.