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Automatic Reboot

Reduce Automatic Reboot after Update Annoyance


For automatic updates, when Windows requires a reboot at the end of the process, it will automatically reboot after a short wait. It may warn you, but if your are away from the computer, or if the dialog pops under other dialogs, the reboot will occur without your choice. Any unsaved work is lost.

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To disable automatic reboots from Windows Updates, we'll use the Group Policy Editor.

  1. Open the Run dialog (Windows Key + R) and type: gpedit.msc and press Enter.
  2. In the left pane, under Local Computer Policy, expand the tree for Computer Configuration, Administrative Templates, and Windows Components.

  3. In the right pane, select Windows Update.

  4. In the right pane, the option No auto-restart with logged on users for scheduled automatic update installations is likely set to Not Configured. Click on the No auto-restart... line.

  5. Select the Enabled radio choice and then OK to save the setting.
  6. While not quite the same, the related option Re-prompt for restart with scheduled installations specifies how long to wait before reminding you to reboot.

    Select Re-prompt for restart with scheduled installations and on the dialog set the Enabled radio choice and set the period to the maximum of 24 hours (1440 minutes).

  7. Select OK and exit the Local Group Policy Editor.

These changes will take effect after the next reboot.

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Posted: 26-Jan-2010
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Last update: 03-Feb-2010 5:56 pm