Stop or Prevent Windows 8 from restarting after Windows Updates

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 or it may say that I will automatically restart after 1 day. 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.

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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.

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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