Windows computers keep restarting nightly


kfarrell

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No GPO in place to do this, I have this in my event viewer. It's happening on Windows 10 and 11 computers.
Auto updates are off and do not restart is enabled for Windows update. I've paused the updates for a week to troubleshoot this. However there have been no recent updates applied anyhow. Nothing in task scheduler that I created.

Microsoft Windows [Version 10.0.22621.2861]
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C:\Users\******>systeminfo |find "System Boot Time"
System Boot Time: 1/17/2024, 3:03:14 AM

C:\Users\********>


The process C:\Windows\system32\wbem\wmiprvse.exe (*******-LT) has initiated the restart of computer ******-LT on behalf of user NT AUTHORITY\SYSTEM for the following reason: No title for this reason could be found
Reason Code: 0x80070015
Shutdown Type: restart
Comment:
 
Windows Build/Version
Windows 11 22H2

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo T16
    CPU
    (7
    Memory
    16G
The event log entry you provided indicates that the restart of the computer was initiated by the wmiprvse.exe process on behalf of the NT AUTHORITY\SYSTEM user, and the reason code is 0x80070015.

Here are some steps you can take to investigate and troubleshoot this issue:

  1. Scheduled Tasks:Check the Task Scheduler for any tasks that might be responsible for triggering the restart. Look for tasks under \Microsoft\Windows\UpdateOrchestrator or any other tasks that might be configured to initiate a restart.
  2. Group Policy:Even if you don't have a Group Policy Object (GPO) explicitly configured for automatic restarts, check the local Group Policy settings on the affected machines. Look for settings under Computer Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Windows Components -> Windows Update that might be configured to automatically restart the system.
  3. Windows Update Settings:Ensure that the Windows Update settings are configured according to your preferences. Open the Settings app, go to "Windows Update," and check the advanced options. Confirm that the settings align with your requirements, especially the options related to automatic restarts.
  4. Registry Settings:Check the registry for any settings that might be causing automatic restarts. Key locations to check include:
    • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\WindowsUpdate\Auto Update
    • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate\AU
  5. Windows Update Logs:Review the Windows Update logs to see if there are any entries indicating an impending restart. The logs are located in the C:\Windows\Logs\WindowsUpdate directory. Check files like WindowsUpdate.log for relevant information.
  6. Third-Party Software:Some third-party software, including security or system management tools, may have features that initiate system restarts. Check for any installed software that might be configured to enforce restarts.
  7. PowerShell Commands:Run the following PowerShell command to check for pending restarts:
    powershellCopy code
    Powershell:
    Get-PendingRebootStatus
  8. Security Software:Security software can sometimes trigger system restarts for updates or maintenance. Check the settings of any installed security software for features related to system restarts.
  9. Windows Reliability Monitor:Use the Windows Reliability Monitor to check for critical events around the time of the restart. It may provide additional details on what triggered the restart.
  10. Check for Pending Updates:Although you mentioned that updates are paused, double-check if there are any pending updates or installations that might be scheduled to restart the system.
After investigating these aspects, you should have a better understanding of what might be causing the unexpected restarts on your Windows 10 and 11 computers. If the issue persists, additional troubleshooting steps may be required, such as reviewing more detailed logs or consulting Microsoft support resources.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Win11
PS C:\Users\kfarrell> Get-PendingRebootStatus
Get-PendingRebootStatus : The term 'Get-PendingRebootStatus' is not recognized as the name of a cmdlet, function, script file, or
operable program. Check the spelling of the name, or if a path was included, verify that the path is correct and try again.
At line:1 char:1
+ Get-PendingRebootStatus
+ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
+ CategoryInfo : ObjectNotFound: (Get-PendingRebootStatus:String) [], CommandNotFoundException
+ FullyQualifiedErrorId : CommandNotFoundException
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo T16
    CPU
    (7
    Memory
    16G
Enabled this. Everything else was disabled. As I stated, there were no updates applied recently and this is happening every night. I simply lock my computer when I leave for the day and come in the next day and it's restarted.

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My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo T16
    CPU
    (7
    Memory
    16G
No recent updates.
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My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo T16
    CPU
    (7
    Memory
    16G
The problem of a PC restarting from a COLD Shutdown is nothing new. I've been reading accounts of that happening as long as there have been PC Help forums, and PC's that used the ATX motherboards.

But I solved that potential problem years ago, when I started plugging my PC's into a power strip with an ON/OFF switch on it.
And, not just the PC, but the printer and speakers, too.
After a Windows shutdown, I flip the switch on the power strip to OFF and then my whole system is SAFE.

NO Power = No errant automatic start ups. No matter what the cause might be, and apparently there are many.
So just do that, and you can close this thread. Eh?

I go just one step further..... my Power strip is plugged into a UPS, for protection against power surges or outages.

Be prepared, and be protected.

Cheers mate,
TM :cool:
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Win-11/Pro/64, Optimum 11 V5, 23H2 22631.3374
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Home Made w/Gigabyte mobo/DX-10
    CPU
    AMD FX 6350 Six Core
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte, DX-10, GA-78LMT-USB3
    Memory
    Crucial, 16 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDEA GeForce 210, 1GB DDR3 Ram.
    Sound Card
    Onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    24" Acer
    Screen Resolution
    1280x800
    Hard Drives
    Crucial SSD 500GB, SanDisk 126GB SSD, Toshiba 1TB HD
    PSU
    EVGA 500 W.
    Case
    Pac Man, Mid Tower
    Cooling
    AMD/OEM
    Keyboard
    101 key, Backlit/ Mechanical Switches/
    Mouse
    Logitech USB Wireless M310
    Internet Speed
    Hughes Net speed varies with the weather
    Browser
    Firefox 64x
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender, Super Anti Spyware
    Other Info
    Given to me as DEAD, and irreparable.
    Rebuilt with Gigabyte mobo, AMD cpu, 16GB ram and 500GB Crucial SSD.
The problem of a PC restarting from a COLD Shutdown is nothing new. I've been reading accounts of that happening as long as there have been PC Help forums, and PC's that used the ATX motherboards.

But I solved that potential problem years ago, when I started plugging my PC's into a power strip with an ON/OFF switch on it.
And, not just the PC, but the printer and speakers, too.
After a Windows shutdown, I flip the switch on the power strip to OFF and then my whole system is SAFE.

NO Power = No errant automatic start ups. No matter what the cause might be, and apparently there are many.
So just do that, and you can close this thread. Eh?

I go just one step further..... my Power strip is plugged into a UPS, for protection against power surges or outages.

Be prepared, and be protected.

Cheers mate,
TM :cool:
I've been in IT 30 years and never had this happen. Regardless of what power source I'm using.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo T16
    CPU
    (7
    Memory
    16G

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