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. Youâ€™ll have to edit your computerâ€™s registry, something that not every user feels comfortable doing.
Start the disabling process by turning on your computerâ€™s â€œStartâ€� menu. Open the registry by typing â€œregedit.â€� Next, start the registry editor. Now youâ€™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 youâ€™re done. When Windows downloads an update, it wonâ€™t automatically restart your computer. Youâ€™ll have to remember, though, to reboot your computer from now on. If you don’t, your new updates – and they may be important – wonâ€™t take effect.