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HOWTO: Disable Restart Prompt After Windows Update

Restart Windows After Automatic Updates DialogDescription

This HOWTO explains how you can disable or to at least adjust the annoying interval that the restart reminder dialogue box appears after Windows updates your computer and we all know how regularly that is!

The default interval for this restart prompt or popup is 10 minutes.  This HOWTO explains how to switch this off completely or simply increase the time interval between reminders.


Following the download and installation of practically any update from Microsoft for it’s Windows XP, ME, 2000, 2003, Vista or Windows 7 operating systems comes the really annoying pop-up that forces you to reboot eventually after a ten minute interval through pure annoyance.


  1. Click Start > Run
  2. Type gpedit.msc
  3. Click OK
  4. On the left pane, browse to Local Computer Policy > Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Update as shown in the screenshot.
  5. gpedit.msc

  6. In the right hand pane, double click the value ‘Re-prompt for restart with scheduled installations‘ as shown in the screenshot
  7. gpedit_right

  8. Now you have a choice.  You can either disable the dialog completely by selecting Disabled or adjust the schedule to your preferred number of minutes by selecting Enabled and setting the minutes.  Make your change and click OK.

    Disable Completely

    Disable Completely

    Adjust Interval

    Adjust Interval

  10. Now here’s the ironic and very ‘windows-ish’ step – you have to restart your computer now for this change to take effect 🙂


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  1. Phil says:

    very very useful thanks! !

  2. Bert says:

    I have Windows XP Home Edition Version 2002 SP3 on a Dell Vostro laptop. When I enter gpedit.msc in Run, a box appears saying Windows cannot find it. I searched for a Computer Policy folder (including in hidden files) and none was found. Is there another way to stop this very annoying prompt?

  3. Rosco says:

    Hi Bert,

    It may be possible to disable the pesky prompt by editing the Windows registry directly. I should warn you however that editing the Windows Registry can be dangerous and you should have a full backup before proceeding.

    Try these steps:

    1. Click Start > Run
    2. Type regedit > click OK
    3. Browse to the following key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate\AU
    4. Create the following three new DWORD values as follows:

    NoAutoRebootWithLoggedOnUsers, Value = 1
    RebootRelaunchTimeout, Value = 5a0 (That’s FIVE, A, ZERO)
    RebootRelaunchTimeoutEnabled, Value = 1
    To create a new DWORD value simply right click on the AU folder or right click in side the right hand Window after you have selected the AU folder and choose New > DWORD

    If you’re unsure how to backup your system before proceeding then check out my new ebook. http://www.proposedsolution.com/anyone_can_backup

    Hope this helps.



  4. PokeyJoe says:

    Perfect tutorial, I hate that stupid popup.. when I click later, I MEANT LATER YOU STUPID PC!!!! NOW GO AWAY UNTIL I CALL YOU !!!!

    Sometimes you wonder what those programmers were thinking (or not thinking)

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