After a Microsoft Update restart can I immediately shut down the computer?

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After running Windows Update, which usually finishes with a restart, is it necessary to sign back on to my account, just to then shut down the computer? If I ask to shut down directly after the restart, without signing in, it complains.

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2 responses to “After a Microsoft Update restart can I immediately shut down the computer?”

  1. ch_whiteit

    When I do updates on my Windows 10 or Windows 11 PCs, I tend to use the "Update and shut down" option, rather than letting Windows restart the PC. The only time I do a restart is if I intend on using the PC after the update has been installed. More often than not, I leave the update sitting until I turn off the PC.


    However, shutting down the PC after the update restart has occurred shouldn't cause any issues. What kind of "complaint" does the PC give you if you shutdown after restarting?

    • Alastair Cooper

      In my experience it sometimes gives a warning that users might be logged in and they might lose work, but since I'm the only user who ever logs on to my PC (though sometimes remotely), if it's a clean boot I can just ignore it or otherwise I can check if I don't remember if anything's open.

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