You are aware that the updates that Windows automatically downloads are very important. They often contain important anti-virus protections designed to keep cybercriminals away from your computer and software. Nonetheless it can be annoying when Windows automatically restarts your computer after every update. Fortunately, the Lifehacker Web site recently covered the way to edit your computer’s registry to prevent Windows from automatically restarting after an update.
No more automatic restarts
Stopping the automated restarts will require a small amount of effort from you. You’ll have to edit your computer’s registry, something that not every user feels comfy doing.
Editing the registry
Begin the process of disabling Windows’ automatic reboots by turning on your computer’s “Start” menu. Next, open your computer’s registry by typing “regedit.” Lifehacker now recommends that you start the registry editor. Then find this specific line in the registry: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREPoliciesMicrosoftWindowsWindowsUpdateAU. Click on the “AU” key. This should make this key appear in the right pane. Once this happens right-click on the empty space and select New >DWORD (32-bit) Value. Now, name the new DWORD: “NoAutoRebootWithLoggedOnUsers”. To end the process, double-click on the new DWORD and give it a value of 1.
Once you’ve finished this procedure, Windows won’t automatically restart your computer after its automatic updates. This doesn’t mean, though, that you shouldn’t reboot your computer manually in the future. Your Windows updates won’t take effect if you don’t. And that could leave your computer and software vulnerable.