Disable Automatic Restart after Windows Update

If you are a Microsoft Windows User than you must have experienced that Windows ask you to Restart your PC after a Windows Update or after installing any Software for the Changes to Take effect. Chances are you don’t Have any other option other then Rebooting your PC at that time leaving your Work undone and incomplete.

Rebooting your PC is Important after Windows update so that All the Changes actually take Effects. But what if you are Working on your Computer and Windows Decides to show you a Pop-up which says You need to Reboot your PC or Your PC will Reboot in so and so Seconds make sure to Close all Running Programs. This Irritates, So Today in this article i will be discussing Two Methods to Disable Automatic Restart after Windows Update or after installing any Softwares.

Registry Hack to Disable Automatic Restart

In this Method We will be performing Registry hack to Disable Automatic Restart, This Method works in all versions of Windows 8/7/vista and Xp. Follow the below simple Steps Carefully.

Step 1: Open Registry editor, to do so Press Windows + R key to open Run Dialog, Then type in regedit and click on OK. Windows may ask you for Permission so click on Yes to allow.

Step 2: Now Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows , Here will will have to Create two new Keys, Right Click on Windows key in registry editor, Hover on New and Click on Key. Refer to the below pic for better idea.

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Step 3: We will Name the New Key as WindowsUpdate, We have Created 1 Key now Right Click on the Recently Created Key ie WindowsUpdate hover on New and Click on Key, We will Name this Key as AU.

Step 4: Make Sure AU key is selected, Right Click no the Right Pane , hover on New and this time Select DWORD (32-bit). Name it as NoAutoRebootWithLoggedOnUsers.

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Step 5: Now the last step is to add a Value to it, So Double Click on NoAutoRebootWithLoggedOnUsers and Type 1 In Value Data Box and Press ok. Thats all we are done and have Disable Automatic Restart.

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Now you may Reboot your PC for the Changes to take place. or there is a way to make this changes to take place without Rebooting. Check this out. Open Command Prompt and make sure you run it as Administrator. Now Enter this Command “gpupdate /force” to make the changes to take effect immediately without rebooting it.

Disable Automatic Restart Using Group Policy

Group Policy Editor Method is more User Friendly, If you find the Registry hack method a bit Confusing or Hectic , Feel Free to try this Method. Both the Methods Work in the same way. On the other hand,Some Windows User may not have this Group Policy Option so they may go for the Registry hack Method.

Step 1:  Open Local Group Policy Editor by Pressing Windows + R key to open Run Dialog, and type in gpedit.msc.

Step 2: Now navigate to Computer Configuration\Administrator Templates\Windows Components\Windows Update in the Left Panel . Now in the Right , Find and Double Click on “No auto-restart with logged on users for scheduled automatic update installations”  .

Step 3: A new Window will pop-up, in that choose Enable and Click on OK. thats it done with this method, Now you may restart your PC or Use above Mentioned Command for the Changes to take effect without Restarting your PC.

So Using any of the above 2 Methods you Will not asked to Reboot your Pc by Windows. Obviously you need to reboot your PC after windows update but that will be done when you wish to.


  1. Reply dk January 27, 2014 at 9:26 pm

    Can u plz tell me details about registry editer….i want 2 make change from registery editor…

  2. Reply Aiden January 26, 2014 at 1:07 am

    Can we use gpupdate/force in command prompt. For software changes also ?

  3. Reply Harmeet January 8, 2014 at 4:01 pm


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