Prevent Windows Update from forcibly rebooting your Computer

Ok, we’ve all met the annoying pop-up dialog of Windows Update telling us to reboot the computer. When? Well, you guessed, when we are most busy, of course!

At the beginning, you can easily close the reminder but after some time he gets tired of reminding us and says that the computer will reboot in a couple of minutes! Well, personally, I prefer to temporarily disable the obnoxious reminder and restart when I’m ready to do so, not forced by the OS!

How we do that? Simple open the Command Prompt (if you have Windows XP: Start > Run > cmd ; if you have Windows Seven or Vista: type ‘cmd’ in your Start > ‘Search programs and files’). Then, type the following command: sc stop wuauserv

This will temporarily disable Windows updates and you can restart the computer when you’re ready to do so. After the restart, you’ll keep getting Windows updates as you did before entering the command so, no worries.

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5 Signs When Your Computer Is Overheating

Signs that your computer is overheating:

– goes “blue” (PC boot up but after a while starts giving errors that turn the entire screen blue)
– unusual fan sounds (fan starts to sound differently than you are used to)
– constant rebooting or shut downs (to prevent damage to components, check the cooling fan)
– non-fan-based CPU overheating (you could need new thermal compound between its heat sink and processor)

To overcome these signs, try and use SpeedFan, the free application from Almico that monitors fan speeds, temperatures and voltages. In case you system runs on Windows 7 here are three similar gadgets:

CPU Meter (to monitor your CPU)
GPU Observer (to monitor your Video Card GPU)
Q’s Drive Info (to monitor your HDD disk space)

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