Time to stop them: Windows doesn't have to restart after an update

Time to stop them: Windows doesn’t have to restart after an update

Windows is a living thing: It downloads updates routinely. That’s beneficial, particularly when these updates contain important anti-virus protections intended to keep your computer safe. But there is a frustrating side effect with these updates: Windows wishes to restart your computer after every update.

Stopping automatic reboots

Stopping the automatic restarts will require just a bit of effort on your part. You’ll have to edit your computer’s registry, something that not every user feels comfortable doing.

The steps

Start the disabling process by turning on your computer’s “Startâ€� menu. Open the registry by typing “regedit.â€� Next, start the registry editor. Now you’ll need to find a specific line in the registry: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREPoliciesMicrosoftWindowsWindowsUpdateAU. Click on the AU key and, when you see it appear in the right pane, right-click on the empty space and select New >DWORD (32-bit) Value. Now, name the new DWORD: “NoAutoRebootWithLoggedOnUsers”. Finally, double-click on the new DWORD and give it a value of 1.

Rebooting is key

Now you’re done. When Windows downloads an update, it won’t automatically restart your computer. You’ll have to remember, though, to reboot your computer from now on. If you don’t, your new updates – and they may be important – won’t take effect.