Stop Windows from restarting automatically after Windows Update

One of the annoying things about Windows 10/8 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 or it may say that I will automatically restart after 1 day. Well, there are ways to disable Windows auto-restart after Windows Updates. One by using the Group Policy Editor and the other via the Windows Registry. Windows 10 also offers you an additional option.

Stop automatic restarts after Windows Update

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Disable automatic restarts after Windows Update using Group Policy

This is how you proceed:

  • Press Win + R and type in gpedit.msc

Stop automatic restarts after Windows Update

  • Go to Computer Configuration –> Administrative Template –> Windows Component –> Windows Update

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  • Right click on “No auto-restart with logged on users for scheduled automatic updates installations

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  • Select “Enable” click on Apply and click on OK.

Prevent Windows Update Automatic Restart using Registry Editor

Open the Registry Editor and navigate to the following key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate\AU

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.

Use Quiet Hours in Windows 10

Windows 10, in its Windows Update Settings, offers an option to Notify to schedule restart. However, in Windows 10 Anniversary Update you will have to use Quiet Hours.

Did you know? Windows 10/8 now lets you force automatic restart after Windows Updates.

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Shyam aka “Captain Jack” is a Microsoft MVP alumnus and a Windows Enthusiast with an interest in Advanced Windows troubleshooting. Suggestions made and opinions expressed by him here are his personal one's and not of his current employers. He blogs at captaindbg.com.