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Stop Windows Restarting Automatically After Scheduled Updates

If I had to name the most annoying thing about Windows, it would be that it automatically re-starts after automatically installing Windows updates (assuming for a minute that IE isn’t part of Windows of course!).

I always have a lot open on a system – browsers & tabs, terminal sessions etc etc and numerous times, i’ve come back to a system on a morning, logged in and stared at a blank taskbar in disbelief. It’s also a big problem if you connect in to use a machine from an outside location, particularly if you use drive encryption and it requires a password on boot.

Even if the results are not so catastrophic and i’m actually at the system, i’m forever clicking ‘Remind me later’ each time it pops up saying it’s going to restart.

I’ve always got round this by disabling automatic Windows updates and just installed them manually, periodically.

This very problem happened to me this morning and a friend pointed out a great tip – you can actually disable the automatic reboot. Like disabling automatic updates, you still have to remember to do this on each machine, but at least updates still get applied.

You do this as follows:

Start -> Run -> gpedit.msc
Computer Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Windows Components -> Windows Update
Double click on: “No auto-restart for scheduled Automatic Updates installations”
Change to Enabled
Click Ok

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