Postpone Windows restart after installing updates


Postpone Windows restart after installing updates

After installation of updates that, in order to become effective, need to restart the personal computer, Windows is set to show – at regular intervals – a message warning that calls to provide for the reboot of the operating system.

Having said that, if prompted, restart your personal computer is a task that must be done as soon as possible (only in this way can be apply security updates and changes to files that are currently in use by Windows), it may be necessary
having to postpone it at a later time.

The behavior of Windows Update window is controlled by group policy by typing
gpedit.msc (Start -> Run…).

After that, you go to the section “Computer Configuration“, “Administrative Templates“, “Windows Components“,
Windows Update“.

Double-clicking in the right panel, the option “No auto-restart for connected users with automatic updates scheduled installations” will prevent the personal computer may automatically restart after installing some updates to the actual installation of patch, Windows Update will wait for the reboot of the machine by the user.

The Group Policy window is accessible, however, only the following operating systems: Windows XP Professional, Windows Vista Ultimate/Enterprise/Business, Professional, and Windows 7.

In the case of other “editions” of Windows, you can apply the same
operation by opening the Registry Editor (Start -> Run.. -> regedit),
going to this path:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate\AU
(to create manually if not exist)

creating a new DWORD value, name NoAutoRebootWithLoggedOnUsers then set the value to 1.

  1. Andrew Wygladala
    18 April 2011 at 07:58

    Thanks for this. was SICK of being forced to restart my PC after updates, because I was “NOT READY” to restart because I was workking on something critical(and always am) and I wanted to determine when the PC restaeted!!!!

    Have tried this and will see if it work! Here goes!

  1. 15 April 2011 at 17:35

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