Solved I've never seen a message like this before. It's outrageous!

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February 26, 2014 at 17:05:48
Specs: Windows 8, AMD 1.9GHz 4-core/ 4GB
"PC will restart in two days after installing updates"
The laptop says & does nothing else.
This IS the problem and I don't know what else to add here.
Have other people encountered this situation and what have they done?

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March 1, 2014 at 09:38:11
"Your PC will restart in 2 days to finish installing important updates."

Ok, this is nothing to be concerned over, it's just poorly written. What they are trying to say is it will take a restart to fully apply the update but it's not going to restart right away. It will give you two days before it automatically restarts or you have the option at any time to manually restart it yourself. Trust me, the two day delay is a really good thing, as I said before, if you've ever been in the middle of a project such as video rendering or installing a program that takes 15 minutes or so to install, the last thing you want is Windows restarting itself. This gives you plenty of time to complete your work.

I'm not sure why you are so concerned over being forced to update. The updates cover security holes, bugs in the operating system, etc. It's a good thing, you want the updates.

If you don't like the Metro screen, you have several options. There are programs that will convert the graphic interface to look like Windows 7. One such program (I use this one) is called Start8. This one costs $5 but in my opinion, it's well worth it. There are others too that are free, it's your choice.

Start8
http://www.stardock.com/products/st...

Classic Shell - This one is free
http://www.classicshell.net/

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#1
February 26, 2014 at 17:40:38
What exactly does the screen look like?

If it is only a popup, it is possible that it is due to malware. Download this and run a full scan:

http://www.malwarebytes.org/

Is this in Control Panel, when you attempt to manually download and install updates? If so, you should be able to stop the operation by clicking Cancel.

Otherwise, if you attempted to shut off the computer and it gave you this message, there really isn't much you can do but wait. How long have you seen this screen? Has it been two days yet?

I would not suggest trying to force the computer off, as this could damage Windows irreparably. But if you have your Windows 8 installation discs, have recently backed up your computer, and are feeling ballsy, then go for it.


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#2
February 26, 2014 at 17:52:04
I belive the exact message is "Your PC will restart in 2 days to finish installing important update" and not as you reported it. There's quite a few hits for that. From:

http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/...

"That's the message windows 8 gives after updates have downloaded and installed.

If you don't restart your computer soon, windows will force a restart of your computer 2 days after it has installed new updates - to finish installing them.

You should restart your computer at a convenient time to you, rather than wait the two days and suddenly have it restart possibly at a inconvenient moment.."


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#3
February 26, 2014 at 18:27:23
This is the eighth or ninth post I have seen on this one. The wording could be much better. "Please restart your computer within the next 48 hours, otherwise the system will automatically complete updates at that time" or something like that would be better.

::mike


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#4
February 26, 2014 at 20:12:39
NT56erbx, thank you for your response. This happened once before with my last computer. And I guess I was "feeling ballsy" as I forced the computer off... you noticed I said LAST computer. Fortunately this time cooler heads prevailed.
I just checked, it has been a day and a half, and the laptop has finally decided to start-up and shut-down properly I am happy to report! By the way, how do I add a Screen Capture as I don't know how to do that. Thank you.

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#5
February 26, 2014 at 20:39:35
Hello DAVEINCAPS - I believe you may be correct as to the exact wording of the message. However it also warned me not to shut down the computer.
So there you have it - unable to log-in and warned not to shut it off. I am happy to say that now, a day and a half later, it has finally shut down and also now restarts. And as soon as I have time, I will install the "Classic Shell" over top my Windows 8 and I hope that puts an end to this nonsense (time will tell).
Also thank you for the link as I see that I'm not alone.

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#6
February 26, 2014 at 20:44:23
Thank you mikelinus however the computer has finally decided to cooperate once again.

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#7
February 26, 2014 at 22:14:52
We're glad it's working OK now. At worst it may have locked up--since it was warning about not shutting it off--but eventually corrected itself.

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#8
February 27, 2014 at 12:03:03
Yep, it doesn't mean the process will take 2 days, only that it will restart then if you haven't done so before.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#9
February 28, 2014 at 10:55:28
It used to be that Windows would restart about 5 minutes after an update. This was disastrous if you were in the middle of a project such as audio editing or video rendering and Windows would reboot. So now they give you a two day waiting period before a mandatory reboot. Plenty of time to save your project.

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#10
March 1, 2014 at 06:38:52
Hello THX 1138 - I have read your reply and I want to ask you a question. Do you actually have a Windows 8 computer or are you speaking in general terms. You see I would have agreed with you completely before I owned a Windows 8 computer. But now I have experienced twice something different than you have described.

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#11
March 1, 2014 at 08:33:00
Yes, I do own a laptop with Windows 8 on it. You will get this message when a new update has been applied. And as others have said, it doesn't mean it will take two days to update, it just means that if you don't manually restart it within the two day time period, Windows will do it for you.
What have you experienced that was different than I described?

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#12
March 1, 2014 at 09:07:29
Hello THX 1138, I was looking at Windows 8 Feedback and another person described his experience so exactly the same as I had experienced that I feel that I must copy and paste his answer here (I could not have said it better):

I have just finished installing Windows 8 and want to feedback that the experience so far has been staggeringly frustrating and annoying.
One great message though :- I wanted to restart the PC so after the usual hunt around to find out where on earth they have hidden what I want I eventually found the restart button, but had to apply updates! NO CHOICE!!! Incredible. So I clicked on Update and Restart and was rewarded with the fabulous message :- "Your PC will restart in 2 days to finish installing important updates." What a joke.

If I were to describe right now what I think of Windows 8 this post would degenerate into angry invective so I will say no more, except:

Microsoft, I understand what you are trying to do, but your methods are deeply flawed.

1 - You have forced a touch screen user interface on to a non touch screen device (a PC). It is dreadful to use.
2 - So called Metro Apps may be suitable for a phone but are not suitable for a PC because so much functionality is missing. One Window per screen!!! Joke! Very bad joke indeed. No icons and toolbars to quickly access lots of different actions? Disbelief.

Sorry Microsoft, but right now Windows 8 feels like a bad mistake to me. I hope I get used to it. And I hope you fix it.

Alastair


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March 1, 2014 at 09:38:11
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"Your PC will restart in 2 days to finish installing important updates."

Ok, this is nothing to be concerned over, it's just poorly written. What they are trying to say is it will take a restart to fully apply the update but it's not going to restart right away. It will give you two days before it automatically restarts or you have the option at any time to manually restart it yourself. Trust me, the two day delay is a really good thing, as I said before, if you've ever been in the middle of a project such as video rendering or installing a program that takes 15 minutes or so to install, the last thing you want is Windows restarting itself. This gives you plenty of time to complete your work.

I'm not sure why you are so concerned over being forced to update. The updates cover security holes, bugs in the operating system, etc. It's a good thing, you want the updates.

If you don't like the Metro screen, you have several options. There are programs that will convert the graphic interface to look like Windows 7. One such program (I use this one) is called Start8. This one costs $5 but in my opinion, it's well worth it. There are others too that are free, it's your choice.

Start8
http://www.stardock.com/products/st...

Classic Shell - This one is free
http://www.classicshell.net/

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March 1, 2014 at 17:14:06
Hi THX 1138, Thank you for your time and knowledge and I hope that I am now better equipped to deal with this situation should I see it again.

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March 1, 2014 at 19:54:04
You're welcome Marty. Glad we could help you.

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