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How to disable automatic restart after Windows update in 5 steps

No Auto Restart With Logged On Users One of the most hated and most annoying “features” are automatic restarts after a Windows update, here’s how to disable it

Millions of users have lost valuable data because of one feature: Automatic restarts after a Windows update. When I talk with other people about their PC problems, this frequently comes up and I admit every time I re-install Windows I end up losing some notepad documents or other data because I forgot to disable it. Yes, it’s annoying. Anyway, let’s disable this behaviour.

Let’s disable it in 5 steps via gpedit.msc (Professional or Higher)

1. Step If you are on Windows 7 Pro or higher you can use the Local group policy editor, simply enter gpedit.msc into the search bar and hit Enter

2. Step Uncollapse Computer Configuration/Administrative Templates/Windows Components/Windows Update

3. Step Double-click on No auto-restart with logged on users for scheduled automatic updates installations

4. Step Check Enabled and click Apply

No Auto Restart With Logged On Users

5. Step Done!

Registry Tweak To Disable Auto Restart (Home And Higher)

Tip: Beginners may want to download this registry file directly

1. Step Open a notepad and copy and paste this

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate\AU]
"NoAutoRebootWithLoggedOnUsers"=dword:00000001

2. Step Save it with the extension .reg and make sure to select “All files” from the dropdown when you save the file

3. Step Double-click on the file and it should be inserted into your registry

4. Step Done

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Published: Thursday, August 16th, 2012 Last Modified: August 16, 2012

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