One of the annoying things about Windows 8 is the “Windows Update will restart” message. I have seen some users reporting that it restarts when you are in the middle of doing something. Well there are two ways to disable Windows auto-restart after Windows Updates. One by using the Group Policy Editor and the other via the Windows Registry.
Windows Update Automatic Restart Disable using Group Policy
This is how you proceed:
- Press Win + R and type in gpedit.msc
- Go to Computer Configuration –> Administrative Template –> Windows Component –> Windows Update
- Right click on “No auto-restart with logged on users for scheduled automatic updates installations”
- Select “Enable” click on Apply and click on OK.
Turn off Windows Update Automatic Restart using Registry Editor
Open the Registry Editor and navigate to the following key:
If you don’t see it, create one. You may have to create \WindowsUpdate\AU.
Now under this key, create a new 32-bit DWORD called NoAutoRebootWithLoggedOnUsers and give it a hexadecimal value data of 1. This will prevent automatic reboot while users are logged on.
This should stop Windows from automatically restarting your computer after Windows Updates.
Did you know? Windows 8 now lets you force automatic restart after Windows Updates.