I posted a question during this week's PDQ&A about the Needs Reboot column in PDQ Inventory. My issue is that Windows Defender ATP creates a lot of pending file rename operations, triggering the Needs Reboot flag multiple times per day, and thus rendering it not-useful.
This makes even fully-patched, latest-build PCs seem desperate to reboot.
I wanted to know if it's possible to limit the Needs Reboot column to only show me the computers that need to reboot to apply Windows Updates. These are the users who don't celebrate Patch Tuesday, and I need to hound them to get right with Security. The file rename operations can wait.
Thanks to this article, I figured out that the Needs Reboot column is an combination of multiple registry keys. I added the one I wanted,
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\WindowsUpdate\Auto Update\RebootRequired, to the list of scanned registry keys in my default, twice-daily scan and created a new dynamic collection called Windows Update Reboot Needed.
I wouldn't mind seeing that Needs Reboot column tweaked, because it's easy to find, but this workaround is getting me closer to my goal.
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