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Disabling Forced Restarts After Windows Updates

Windows Updates don't have to pop up on the screen.

Windows Updates don’t have to pop up on the screen.

If you are a user of Windows it has happened to you. While you are busy on your computer Windows decides it is time to reboot, bugging you continuously with pop-ups all day. If while away from your computer a pop-up occurs that you miss, your computer will automatically be rebooted by Windows. All the programs you had open are now closed, as Windows rebooted your computer without receiving permission from you.

After Windows updates, rebooting is necessary for ensuring security updates taking effect. Windows users should not be pestered or our computers rebooted without permission.

Install Windows Updates Manually

A simple way of stopping automatic reboots, is change setting for your Windows updates. Open the control panel window for Windows Update and select “Download updates but let me choose whether to install them.

With this method you will be informed of Windows updates by an icon in your system tray. When you are ready (not Windows) install them by clicking on the icon. After downloaded, you will receive a prompt to reboot.

Using this for your updates will stop forced restarts and stop the pestering for you to reboot.

Use a Registry Hack 

A registry hack is another way to stop forced restarts. Using this hack allows Widows to update like normal, however, your computer will not reboot automatically while you are logged on.

Press Windows Key + R > enter regedit > OK

Navigate down to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate\AU

If parts of this key do not exist yet, create them.

Click on the key AU on the pane on the left, on the right pane right click and select New, DWORD (32-bit) value and enter in NoAutoRebootWithLoggedOnUsers now press enter.

Double-click on the value just created and enter 1 into the box named Value data, now press OK.

If you do not want to reboot your computer but want these changes to take effect, you can do so by first opening Command Prompt. Now run this command to make these changes effective immediately gpupdate /force .

Group Policy to Disable Forced Restarts

This tweak can be done in an easier way if you have Enterprise, Ultimate, or Professional Windows. Majority of users will not have this option and will need to use the registry edit hack.

Press the Windows Key + R and the Run dialog will open. Enter in the box, gpedit.msc and select OK. In the pane to the left, navigate to: Computer Configuration\Administrator Templates\Windows Components\Windows Update. Next, in the pane to the right, click twice on the setting “No auto-restart with logged on users for scheduled automatic update installations”. Set this to Enabled and select OK. 

Either run the gpupdate /force or reboot the computer to have these setting take effect.

Using any of these methods can be of help to rid yourself of the sometimes maddening forced restarts. Windows updates can be a pain from time to time, but if you know the right tricks and hacks to make the most of them; you’re able to become the ultimate computer user in the end.

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