How to Disable/Change Reminders of Windows Update

Posted by Britt Duncan - January 15, 2015

There are times when you are in the middle of something urgent when Windows pops up its newest update. Also, if your machine is set to display the update in every 5 minutes once you haven’t make update immediately, it can be rather annoying. But, with some simple changes in settings, you can change the time and frequency of reminders from Windows update.



Click Start on the corner of your screen, and type in gpedit.msc. The gpedit will be displayed on the search list as the screenshot shows.


Click gpedit and the Group Policy Editor will appear. Next, continue to expand the following settings step by step: Local Computer Policy – Computer Configuration – Administrative Templates – Windows Components – Windows Update . Below is what your screen should look like now.


Move to right pane of this settings window and locate item of No auto-restart with logged on users for scheduled automatic updates installations as highlighted in the following.


Double click on this setting will trigger off its Property box. Set it to Enabled and hit OK, the machine will allow you to restart Windows at anytime you want, instead of rebooting the computer immediately.


But, you don’t want to miss important update for the system either. It’s better if you can set the computer restart later in a point when you have finished all work. How can you do that?

Set A Scheduled Restart

At the same setting panel, there is an option named Re-prompt for restart with scheduled installations. Again, double click on it and you can change its settings.

Once you select its setting to Enabled, you can continue to define its value, namely how long before you want to see the Update alert again. Set it to a point of your choice and hit OK.


That’s it! Next time when a new Windows release, you don’t have to worry about the sudden restart will interrupt your work anymore.

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