One of the most important and occasionally most annoying features of Windows is Windows Update. Updating Windows is extremely important and every user should do it in regular basis. On the second Tuesday of each month Microsoft releases their software updates and patches for Windows, which are usually numerous, and most computers receive these updates automatically if Windows Update is turned on.
You might notice your computer slow down while these updates are installed in the background. After they are installed, the computer will normally ask you to restart now with the following screen.
Windows also shows the above restart dialog every 10 minutes once the postpone button is pressed (default option) after the updates have been installed. In some critical occasions when critical updates are installed there is a five or fifteen minutes countdown as below.
When it comes to countdown and you are sitting in front of your computer, you can either restart immediately or you can choose to postpone and be reminded again after a certain interval. However, if you are not near your computer, your computer will just restart once the countdown is finished. If you were in the middle of some work and happened to be away from the computer for a while, then you could end up losing some of your work because of the auto-restart.
So, let get started and find out how to disable the restart message after Windows Update are installed:
Windows Updates Settings
You can configure Automatic Updates to only automatically download the latest update but let users choose when to install them. This configuration can be set through the Control Panel applet Windows Update (go to Start\Control Panel\Windows Updates or alternatively type Windows Update at the Start Search prompt).
Windows will now inform users for any new available updates. If a user doesn’t install them right away, Windows will do so when the user shuts down the computer. The disadvantage of this method is that this also prevents the installation of updates that don’t require a restart if the user ignores the message from Windows Update.
However, there is a Group Policy setting for allowing the installation of these unproblematic updates: Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Windows Update\Allow Automatic Updates immediate installation. If this setting is enabled, Windows Updates automatically installs updates that neither interrupt Windows services nor restart Windows.
The best option is simply to turn off automatic reboots with this Group Policy setting:
- Click on Start\Run (or Win + R).
- Type “gpedit.msc” without quotes (this will launch the Local Group Policy Editor).
- Locate, and then click the following key: Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Windows Update\No auto-restart with logged on users for scheduled automatic update installations
- Double click and change its value to enabled.
- Click OK and close the Local Group Policy Editor.
- Click on Start\Run (or Win + R).
- Type “regedit” without quotes (this will launch the Registry Editor).
- Locate, and then click the following registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate\AU
Note: If you do have WindowsUpadate directory under Windows directory right click point to new and create a new Key. Create WindowsUpdate under Windows folder and then create AU under WindowsUpdate folder.
- Now create a New DWORD under AU, name it as NoAutoRebootWithLoggedOnUsers and change its value to 1.
- You can always reverse the process by change the DWORD value back to 0.
- Click on Start\Control Panel\Action Center (alternatively type action center at the Start Search prompt).
- Change Action Center settings on the left.
- Under Turn messages on or off section, uncheck Windows Update option.
- Click OK and close Action Center.
Please leave your comments below with your thoughts or alternative methods.