Disable Windows Update’s Automatic Restart

 

This Registry tweak lets you turn off Windows Update’s automatic restart.Windows Update is one of the best tools your system has. It’s also one of the most annoying tools, as it can frequently download and install updates on your behalf. Although that’s great for security, the problem is that the installation routine sometimes pushes an automatic computer restart once it’s done. If you aren’t paying attention (or if you’re busy goofing off with your friends in a game, for example), there goes your session.

Disable Windows’ post-update automatic restart by navigating to the following key in the Registry: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows. Once there, right-click the Windows key and select the option to create a new key. Enter WindowsUpdate for the name. Repeat the process for the WindowsUpdate key, but create a new key called AU. Your hierarchy should now look like this: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate\AU.

Click the AU key, and then right-click in the sidebar window on the right and create a new DWORD. Enter NoAutoRebootWithLoggedOnUsers as the name for the DWORD, and then double-click it and change its value from 0 to 1.

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