By using the group policy editor in Windows:
Start>type gpedit.msc in run box>hit ok
At the left pane, navigate to the following "tree"...User Configuration>Administrative Templates>Windows Components>Windows Update
Double-click "Windows Update" then bring-up the properties for "Do not adjust default option to Install Updates and Shut Down in Shut Down Windows dialog box"
Change the settings to "Enabled"
Click Apply or OK to apply your new settings.
Close the group policy editor windows.
Restart and observe if your goal has been attained.
If not, please post back.
Have you scan the system with several antimalware products?
Try Superantispyware, A2 or Malwarebytes scanners. These are free software.
Or you can try online scanner.
This will sound pretty bizarre and I won't go into all the details, but first of all here is the goal that I'm seeking technical assistance with.
When I go to power down my laptop, the power down button has that little shield and says it will now power down and install the Windows updates.
What's my goal? Clearing out that software and not allowing it to be installed. Of course, I know there is that little option that you can click on to power down without installing and that's what I did. But that isn't a long-term option as I will certainly forget sometime and power down the normal way.
Now,here is the bizarre part. I've been using it here at home offline for several days and have turned it off numerous times without it indicating that it had any updates to install. And then I was online for a bit with it last night. But I have Windows update set to "Notify me but don't automatically download to or install them."
But, it never notified me and asked for permission during that short time that I was online with it, and I didn't give it any permission to download any. However, I have a portable hard drive that I have had plugged into it during the last couple of days. And that portable drive has also been plugged into my desktop which suffered some kind of difficult to get rid of attack.
Since my desktop has been attacked by a very clever virus or malware, I believe that baddies have been transmitted to the laptop by my portable drive and are now residing in that shield on the shutdown button (figuratively speaking) waiting for me to click that button and spread the problem further.
Of course, that may or may not be true, but I think better safe than sorry is the right adage here.
So, that is the reason that I'm seeking technical feedback about this goal: how to disable that download that is getting ready to happen when I click the Windows shutdown button.
I know this sounds weird, but I've been having some pretty weird experiences with a virus problem that I've been having on my desktop.
I'm really not expecting there to be a solution to disableing this "update ready to install problem" short of reformatting the hard drive, but thought I'd at least ask around.
Thanks for your time listening.