How to prevent windows update from restarting automatically

Have you ever experienced leaving the computer at the end of the day thinking “i’ll finish this tomorrow”, and realize the next day that everything you worked on is gone and the computer has rebooted? Well, this is usually caused by windows  Windows update update and it’s annoying! Want to fix it? We tell you how to end it.

Windows is actually not that stupid. As we have experienced, it seems that over the time MS windows learns when you are at the computer and when your not. This way it can start doing stuff that takes alot of resources when your not using it. This is actually a really a neat feature. We are not sure if this is avalible in “Vista” and XP, but it seems to be doing this in 7 and 8. (We might be wrong about the feature as we haven’t confirmed this).
Unfortunately this also goes for the updates that is released by MS.
Updates are important and solves alot of stuff. Either in the back of the system or visually for you. So we do not recommend that you disable the windows update.

So how do we solve this?

There are 3 ways to solve this.

Option 1:Windows Reg file

This is probably the easiest way is to download a computer registry file. Save it to the desktop and double click on it to make the change in windows update. This will change the behavior on the windows updater and stop the rebooting. (To activate the change  you need to reboot the machine yourself to allow the change to be loaded).

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We know that there are many sites out there that tells you to NOT click on unknown registry files (*.reg) that you find on the net. And we understand this.

Option 2:

That’s why we provide you with an option number 2. Instead of using the automatically registry file you can enter the registry yourself and make the change. This way you can be sure of what is being written to the system’s registry.
Click on start button (or enter the metro view if you have W8). Start typing “regedit” and hit enter. Navigate to this location;

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE -> SOFTWARE -> Policies -> Microsoft -> Windows

Edit registry yourself

Here you need to create a Key (right click -> new key) and name it “WindowsUpdate” and a new key in here as well and call it “AU” (No, it has nothing to do with Australia). Now in this AU key, you need to create a “32-bit DWORD“. Name it “NoAutoRebootWithLoggedOnUsers”, and double click on it. Change the value “0” to “1” (Tip: 0 means Disable, and 1 means Enable).
Now reboot.

Option 3:

The last and third option is a more visual way to do it.
Instead of typing in regedit as you did in option 2, simply type in “gpedit.msc“. This will open the Local Group Policy editor. Here you need to navigate to;

Computer Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Windows Components -> Windows Update

Find the entry “No auto-restart with logged on users for scheduled Automatic Update installation“, and double click on it. Normally it will be set to “Not Configured” meaning windows makes all the decisions. Set to “Enabled” and click “Apply“.


All your update reboot problems should now be gone.

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