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Stop Windows Rebooting Automatically After Updates

Could This Be The Most Annoying Thing About Windows?

Windows Installed New Updates Baloon

In fact, it’s more than annoying.

Sometimes it’s downright infuriating – especially if you’ve been working on something in the evening, you get up from your computer and walk away without saving it and then come back in the morning to find the ‘Windows installed new updates‘ message happily grinning at you.

By default, Windows is set to install Windows Updates at about 3am and to automatically restart your computer when it’s finished.

It doesn’t really matter if you have 20 programs open or unsaved documents;  Windows simply restarts your computer – forcibly.

Here’s a few ways to prevent that from ever happening again:

Method 1 – Use Group Policy Editor

  1. Click Start > Run
  2. Type gpedit.msc and click OK.
  3. Expand Local Computer Policy > Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Update
  4. Double-click either “No auto-restart for scheduled Automatic Updates installations” or “No auto-restart with logged in users for scheduled automatic updates installations” (depending on your Windows version)
  5. Select the Enabled radio button and click OK
  6. Restart Windows. 🙂

 Method 2 – Edit Windows Registry Directly

  1. Click Start > Run
  2. Type regedit and click OK.
  3. Browse to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \Software\Policies \Microsoft\Windows \WindowsUpdate\AU
  4. Change the “NoAutoRebootWithLoggedOnUsers” DWord value to 0 (zero)
  5. Restart Windows. 🙂


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  1. bork says:

    Thank You Soooooo much.

  2. these tips help me to boost my pc, thanks so much

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