How to disable forced reboot after Windows update

Windows PC will keep downloading updates and whenever the update is downloaded a popup will appear asking to reboot. You can skip and schedule the reboot later, but in case if you are away from your PC and miss this popup, then your PC will reboot automatically without your permission and this closes all the running programs on your PC and all your work you left in the middle will be gone.

Windows will reboot after downloading an update because it ensures that security fixes take effect from then. If you don’t want your Windows to get restarted automatically without your permission, then you can disable these forced restart. Let us see here how to do it. This can be done in three methods using Registry hack, Group Policy Editor and installing the updates manually.

How to disable forced reboot after Windows update

Using Registry Editor

  • First launch RUN dialog box by pressing WIN+R keys simultaneously and type regedit in the run box and hit enter.
  • This will open the Registry Editor and enter the following key in it.
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREPoliciesMicrosoftWindowsWindowsUpdateAU
  • Last two parts in the above path WindowsUpdate/AU doesn’t exist, you need to create them. To create them you need to right click on Windows Key and go to New and select Key. Here type AU and hit Enter and it will create correct registry key structure.
    create-Dword
  • Click on AU and then right click in the right pane and create a new DWORD (32-bit) value. Give it a meaningful name.
  • Double-click the value which you have created and enter in the value data box and finally click OK.

Finally restart your PC for the changes to take effect. For the changes to take place, you can also go to the command prompt as the Administrator and execute the following command for the changes to take effect immediately.

gpupdate/force

Using Group Policy Editor

  • First launch RUN dialog box by pressing WIN+R keys simultaneously and type gpedit.msc in the run box and hit enter and this will open Group Policy Editor.
  • Go to Computer Configuration/Administrator Templates/Windows Components/Windows Update from the left pane.
    group-policy-prevent-updates-from-restarting-windows
  • Double click on the No auto-restart with logged on users for scheduled automatic update installations option in the right pane.
    no-auto-restart-with-logged-on-users
  • In the following window select the radio button Enabled and click OK. 

That’s it, for the changes to take effect immediately either restart or execute gpupdate/force command in the command prompt.

Install updates manually

Instead of disabling auto reboot after update using the Group Policy editor or Windows registry, there is another simple way to prevent PC from rebooting automatically. That is installing the Windows updates manually and this can be done by changing the Windows Update settings. For this all you need to do is open Windows update control panel and change the option to Download updates but let me choose whether to install them.

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Form now Windows will inform you regarding the updates through the system tray with the notification. You can install whenever you want and those updates will download in the background and whenever the updates finished downloading you will be prompted to reboot.

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