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Windows Automatic Updates pulled under control… but this time it’s personal

In every Microsoft operating system since windows 98 (It was installed as an extra, remember?) there has been Windows Update… the application. It sits there in your system tray and reminds you every 2 minutes that you have one update to install that affects something you never use, then waits for you to go get a cup of tea before forcefully restarting you computer, casually losing anything you were working on!

For those of you who follow this blog, you may have noticed this being posted before, but you may not have noticed that this is an update! When an update window is seen, the process is automatically terminated for you. This does not affect the normal updating of your computer, but merely stops it bugging you about the update, and stops it for restarting by itself. The result? When you return from getting your cup of tea you work is still on the screen of your computer with you music still playing, ready for you to continue using it… the way it’s meant to be!

This version is also developed to work with windows 7 and XP, although others should work! Requires .Net Framework v2.0 to work.

If you have any comments or suggestions, please contact me. You never know, it might just get added!

WAU Controller Screenshot

Download here: WAU Controller v2.2.0.1

v1.0 Release

Windows Automatic Updates. Such a small piece of software that’s meant to save you time and keep you system up to date with little to no inconvenience to the user, and yet it is all but convinient.

How often have you been working on your system and you keep getting a little window bugging you to reboot? Or been playing a game, and repeatedly minimises you game to show you this little window? How about left you machine for a few minutes to get a coffee or the like, and returned to find the system has automatically restarted and closed all your windows and lost a chunk of work?

Ok, this isn’t the perfect soloution, but it is a beginning.

This small app that is designed to sit in the system tray and show you the status of the windows update service. If this service is stopped, then no updates, but you do get rid of those bug windows.

This app gives you the ability to stop, start and restart the service, aswell as allowing this app to start with windows, so it is always there.

Todo: Detect WAU windows and automatically shut down the service Option: Auto stop service on start (Useful as many spyware apps detect the disabled service as a threat) Option: Change statup type (Auto -> Manual -> Disabled)

Anything else? Place sugestions in the comments!