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.
- Click Start > Run
- Type gpedit.msc
- Click OK
- On the left pane, browse to Local Computer Policy > Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Update as shown in the screenshot.
- In the right hand pane, double click the value ‘Re-prompt for restart with scheduled installations‘ as shown in the screenshot
- 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.
- Now here’s the ironic and very ‘windows-ish’ step – you have to restart your computer now for this change to take effect 🙂