Stop Windows from restarting automatically after Windows Update


  1. This should be the default. it is shameful that we need to jump through this level of configuration to prevent an invasaive, work-losing reboot.

  2. Once the updates have been done, sometimes your machine is in a weird state (eg one DLL has been replaced but a companion one has not, and will be during the restart) and you really should reboot sooner rather than later. If you change your update settings to “download and notify me” not only can you control when you install them (picking a time when a reboot would be ok) but after doing them it will not reboot until you let it. No need to go into group policy or registry. Do try to reboot as soon after the updates as you can, but control it yourself so you can save everything first.

  3. Exactly. A simple notification stating, “Windows has been updated. Save opened files and restart as soon as possible” or something similar would suffice.

  4. using regedit, I found the NoAutoRebootWithLoggedOnUsers – and its hexadecimal is already set to 1, and yet my computer force restarts after every update. I do not have gpedit.msc so I cannot try that method.

  5. Yeah this is such a ridiculous setup. What if someone is trading in the stock market when it happens for example: they could lose a ton of momey. Worse still, in an emergency situation someone could die.

  6. Yeah the message I used to see which said a restart is required and an automatic restart will take place in 1 day if you choose not to restart now was fine I thought.

  7. I have followed both approaches; policy editor and regedit (they both do the same thing, anyway) and my comp still reboots every few days, fails to update, and rolls back the update. I am literally about to drop Windows and go Linux over this.

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