Prevent Reboots After Windows Updates Part II

In Part I of Prevent Reboots after Windows Updates, you learned how to disable automatic reboots through the local Group Policy. Doing so prevents Windows Update from rebooting your computer after updates are installed.

If you are running Windows XP Home SP2, Windows Vista Home versions, or Windows 7 Home versions, you cannot disable automatic reboots through a local group policy. Conversely, you have to make the necessary changes to the Windows Registry, as described below.

  1. Use Task Manager to stop all instances of Windows Update AutoUpdate Client (wuauclt.exe) using the Task Manager.
  2. Open the Registry Editor. Note: before you make any changes, it is always a good idea to backup the Registry.
  3. Navigate to the following registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE SOFTWARE Policies Microsoft Windows WindowsUpdate AU
  4. Add a new DWORD value and name it NoAutoRebootWithLoggedOnUsers.
  5. Set the value to 1.
  6. Close the Registry Editor.

Now, you should not receive any of those annoying reminders to reboot your machine nor will Windows Update automatically reboot your machine.

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