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  • Why you don’t want to reboot in the middle of an update

    Posted on June 17th, 2021 at 23:45 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    I spotted this video yesterday – it’s a really good recap of why you don’t want to reboot in the middle of an update . Click on that link and he explains what’s going on behind the scenes.

    Once you watch it, come back and I’ll share some OLD technet blog links that discuss the concept as well.  Back in the days of Vista Microsoft made a major change to how the operation system was built and serviced.  At the time one of Microsoft’ engineers blogged about how some of the guts of the Windows servicing process worked.

    If you haven’t read his blogs, they are a good deep dive on the updating process.

    Servicing windows part one

    Servicing windows part two

    Then for those of you that remember this…. When Windows 7 sp1 first came out it laid a big fat egg when it was released. If you happened to install the service pack using WSUS it would leave your Windows 7 workstation unbootable into a lovely black screen.  A workaround some of us found was to edit the pending.xml file. Long story short this was not a good thing to do. As I recall the underlying trigger was that the service pack was supposed to be installed all by itself and because it was being approved with other updates, it triggered a reboot when it wasn’t supposed to. And for anyone who thinks patching quality has gone down, I honestly didn’t think it was all that great back then.

    Bottom line, it’s a nice reminder that there’s a lot going on under the hood as these patches are installed