Restarting Windows after an update doesn’t have to be automatic

You know that the updates that Windows automatically downloads are very important. They often contain important anti-virus protections created to keep cybercriminals out of your computer and software. Nonetheless it can be annoying when Windows automatically restarts your machine after every update. Luckily, the Lifehacker Web site recently covered the way to edit your computer’s registry to prevent Windows from automatically restarting after an update.

No more automatic restarts

Tech Web site Lifehacker recently listed the steps you’ll want to take to disable Window’s automatic reboot feature. It’s not the easiest – you’ll have to edit your computer’s registry – but if automatic reboots aggravate you, the extra work may well be worth it.

The process

To do this in Windows 8, first click on the “Start” menu. Type regedit. Start the Registry Editor when it comes up. Next, find this line in the registry: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate\AU. Next, click on the AU key and, when you see it in the right pane, right-click on the empty space and select New >DWORD (32-bit) Value. Then, name the new DWORD: “NoAutoRebootWithLoggedOnUsers” Finally, double-click on the new DWORD and assign it a value of 1.


Once you’ve finished this procedure, Windows won’t automatically restart your computer after its automatic updates. This doesn’t mean, though, you shouldn’t reboot your computer manually in the future. Your Windows updates won’t take effect if you don’t. And that could leave your computer and software vulnerable.

Posted on: 06.21.13