Why do I have to restart Windows all the time?

Well yes, why are you doing it?!

The updates are configurable, both in their schedule and in their behavior.

I choose myself when I restart Windows.

And I who use my PC 14 hours a day easily, I almost never turn it off, I almost never restart it, and I have no problem with slowness or other.

So I don’t understand your problem 🙂 (nor that of those who left Windows “because of updates”, which is almost a troll in itself) 🙂

The best solution is to learn how to use the tools we have at our disposal correctly.

Windows works in a multicomponent way, and opening the task manager just shows a lot of background processes. Maybe close to a hundred, when you only have one application open locally, which should require 1 to 3, let’s say.

We could consider a few processes dedicated to continuous security (Firewall if internet connection active), but, as you will see, you actually have a gigantic number of them.

And even so, useful from-the-boot safeguards are not automatically activated at startup.

If you have enabled sending your typings to Microsoft (like me), you may have more.

-This results in incompatibilities: you have to restart at least once a day.

Why do we have to restart Windows all the time?

This is not the first time I talk about Windows and its problems.

There is a basic problem (among others) in the file systems (all of them!) of Windows.

They do not handle file replacement on the fly. If a file is opened by a program, it cannot be copied on the fly. The program does include Windows. Hence the mandatory reboot. To make the program drop the ball, the best is to reboot…

An update of the system implies to change a LOT of files, hence the mandatory reboot.

Moreover, another consequence is that you have to have a script (often several) that makes (make) the copies at Windows startup, or even before, with all the consequences of the order of the copies that you can imagine.

The registry is, first of all, only one of the functions affected by this problem. With, in addition, the problem that programs only look at the registry contents at startup to take their configuration. If the configuration changes during the update, you have to warn the program, see Windows.

Unix filesystems have, historically, the ability to manage a ‘ghost’ file if it was already open when it was updated. This ghost file will disappear transparently when it is last closed. No need to restart the program. No reboot is needed.

I think it is usually Windows Update that causes this.

Windows Update is the Windows update tool that has the bad habit of recurrently displaying a tooltip to inform you that your computer requires a reboot. This incessant intrusion often leads to a reboot and is unprofessional during a conference or seminar when making a presentation to clients.

With automated updates that take care of downloading updates of Microsoft products, it is sometimes necessary to write in the registers to validate the keys of the updated products and reboot!

This is because, with each application upgrade, Windows must also update the system registry to ensure that it works properly, and restart to complete the upgrade. This process repeats for each application to be upgraded. This back-and-forth is just one of the many reasons I permanently abandoned Windows in favor of Linux on March 5, 2014.

There are several reasons, not all of which are of the same order. First, there are practical reasons:

You start your computer. The desktop appears. You want to run a program but in fact the computer is not really available; a lot of programs are running in the background and making little icons appear here and there, in the taskbar, etc. In fact, the computer is not really available until several dozen seconds later.

You launch your programs, you begin to carry out your occupations. A small window appears “critical Windows updates:”. Then another one “Java update!”, then another one “Acrobat Reader update”; then your browser “Chrome needs an update! Then “antivirus needs an update!”. Each program comes with its own update mechanism, nothing is integrated, and all programs seem to be “nagwares”. It’s hellish!

You do the required updates, one by one. The PC crashes. Applications relaunch and “steal” the mouse, it’s a pain, it’s very difficult to work while updates are being done.
You receive e-mails. There are attachments. You know that 99% of emails are SPAM and most attachments are viruses or scam attempts. Don’t let your guard down! You are at mortal risk (for your precious data) with every click.

You are looking for a program to perform a particular task, e.g. editing a photo. Nothing correct is pre-installed in Windows (almost nothing is included…), which nevertheless occupies 30 GB of hard disk. You are looking for a program that suits your needs. Almost all the sites you find are dubious; most of them show you masses of advertisements, invite you to click on even more dubious links, force you to wait or click on advertisements to finally download the program. The .exe file arrives, and the antivirus program declares it to be corrupt. Or you install it, and you find out that the program has also installed a permanent ad in your web browser. And an advertising toolbar. You spend the next 3 hours cleaning up your computer. You end up buying Photoshop Elements for 69€ even though you know there are free tools.

It’s time to leave. You are told to restart your computer to finish the updates, you press “shutdown” and the terrible screen hated by the whole planet appears: “update 24 on 104885302. 0,1% done. Do not shut down the computer”.

Windows is an abomination. Every time I get a chance to touch it (rarely, thankfully), I’m amazed that so many people put up with using something so obviously aggressive, so obviously adversarial to its users. Windows hates you. The people who make programs for Windows hate you, hate the users. All they want is your data and your money. We come to the ethical and social reasons to hate Windows: Windows teaches you to conform to an anti-social, selfish, uncooperative world. Windows teaches you to obey, to accept the wickedness of the world. Windows teaches you to be good little soldiers of capitalism.