this may not be the popular answer but what about making sure your updates are done and you reboot *before* any big presentation?
how hard is it to say : Hey I will need my system on tomorrow at 2pm, need to make sure in the morning to re-boot after checking for any updates.
I wish I was 100% organised 100% of the time. I'm not.
the reboots are always after an update, the updates do not happen at random times of the day. unless you never let them run at night and only turn on the pc just before the meeting starts.
I tend to turn my PC off when it's not in use (like when I'm asleep), unless I have a specific reason to leave it on (like making a large download).
The fact that shutdown and restart are no longer the same makes matters worse here, because my routine of shutting down no longer provides an opportunity for the updates to install (except at inconvenient times when I want the PC off as quickly as possible (say, to move it) when it decides to only give me the option to shut-down and install.. clearly Windows is self aware and hates me :P).
I still think the risk/benefit analysis is for me to make, here. It's my PC, I'm the one that's at risk.
in recent terror attacks the Police have been wearing masks to avoid identification, so the security of Windows is a heavy burden and something that must be taken seriously.
I don't even get what you mean here...
This auto restart reminds one of HAL9000, "Open the Doors HAL!".
My old laptop's network name as HAL9000. The current one is GLADOS :P
That does not work where, for instance, many presenters are presenting consecutively, on their own PCs with a short break between them. I also wouldn't trust my Windows updates to be complete within an hour. Usually they are, but I wouldn't want to rely on it.
but I also see some simple ways to handle a lot of this.
Again, I wish I was 100% organised 100% of the time. I am not. Most people are not. Good software will work with us on that fact.
And what about all the "non-technical" people?
Thankfully it does usually wait a few days before it tries to force the retarts on us. For now, at least...