If you configured Windows 8 or Windows 7 to install updates automatically, you might notice that it performs an automatic restart when updates are installed. This can be a really annoying thing if you had no plans to restart your PC and were busy with some important stuff. It can even reboot while you are watching some TV show or important online transaction. Fortunately, it is possible to change the OS behavior and prevent Windows from automatically rebooting for update installations.
- Open Registry Editor (see how)
- Go to the following key:
If you do not have this key, just create it.
Tip: You can access any desired Registry key with one click.
- Create here a new DWORD value named NoAutoRebootWithLoggedOnUsers and set it to 1.
- Restart your PC for changes to take effect.
That's it. Windows 8 will not be perform the auto-restart if you are logged in.
You can also set this parameter using the Group Policy settings. Follow these simple instructions:
- Press Win + R keys together on the keyboard. The Run dialog will appear on the screen.
- Type the following in the Run box:
- The Local Group Policy Editor will appear on the screen.
Navigate to the following category:
Computer Configuration \ Administrative Templates \ Windows Components \ Windows Update
- Set the No auto-restart with logged on users for scheduled automatic updates installations option to the Enabled state.
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