How to Stop Windows 8 from Auto-restarting after Updates

Posted by Britt Duncan - September 19, 2014

By default, Windows will pop up a notification telling you that it’s going to reboot the computer in some seconds or minutes after downloading an important update, whether you like it or not. You would not want the system to restart when you are doing something rather essential. Here in this post we’ll outline two different ways to disable the Windows Update automatic reboot.
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Prevent Windows 8 from Restarting the PC after Windows Updates through Group Policy Editor

Prevent Windows 8 from Restarting the PC after Windows Updates through Registry Editor

Prevent Windows 8 from Restarting the PC after Windows Updates through Group Policy Editor

Step one- Hit Windows key and R to open Run dialog. Type gpedit.msc in the dialog box, and press Enter.
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Step two- Navigate to the following path in the open Local Group Policy Editor window.
Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Windows Update
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Step three- Find the following setting link in the right pane. And double click on it.
No auto-restart with logged on users for scheduled automatic updates installations
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Step four- Check Enabled. And click Apply, then OK.
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Step five- We recommend that you force a Group Policy update so that the changes will reflect at once. Type gpupdate /force in Run dialog box, and click OK.
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Prevent Windows 8 from Restarting the PC after Windows Updates through Registry Editor

Step one- Open Run dialog with Windows and R combination again. Type regedit and hit Enter.
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Step two- Navigate to the following key folder.
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate\AU
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Note: If you don’t see the Windows Update or AU keys you may have to create them.

Step three- In the right pane, right click on any space area, choose New, then DWORD (32-bit) Value.
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Step four- Name the new DWORD as NoAutoRebootWithLoggedOnUsers.
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Step five- Double click on the new DWORD, set 1 to the Value data dialog box. And then click OK.
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Step six- Reboot the machine to save changes.
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Now with any of two methods above, you won’t be annoyed or disrupted by Windows Update notifications during your busy work. If your system does not ship with Group Policy Editor, you can choose Registry Editor to make the disable setting.




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