Windows 7: Prevent Automatic Reboot After Windows Updates are Installed

After Windows Updates are installed, your computer will be forced to reboot. This can be inconvenient if you are running other applications at the time. You can prevent this from happening by making a change to your registry.

1. Click the Orb (Start Button).

2. Go to the Search programs and files textbox and input regedit.

3. Select regedit.exe from the results.

4. When the UAC prompt appears, click the Yes button.

5. Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Polices\Microsoft\Windows

6. In the right pane, right-click an empty area.

7. Click New and select Key.

8. Name the newly created key WindowsUpdate.

9. In the left pane, right-click the newly created WindowsUpdate.

10. Click New and select Key.

11. Name the newly created key AU.

12. Making sure that the new key is selected in the left pane, right-click an empty area.

13. Click New and select DWORD (32-bit) Value.

14. Name the newly created DWORD NoAutoRebootWithLoggedOnUsers.

15. Right-click the newly created DWORD and click Modify.

16. In the Value date textbox, make the value 1 and click OK.

17. Close regedit.

18. Restart your computer.

 

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  • Anonymous

    Thanks for this!

  • Anonymous

    Why do you explain it in long way?

    You could just write:
    Create a DWORD value and set it to “1” named “NoAutoRebootWithLoggedOnUsers” in “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREPolicesMicrosoftWindowsWindowsUpdateAU”.

    You can create a registry editing turorial to avoid describing detail in every single article.

    • Nathan

      Well for people like me, If he can be bothered writing it the long way (an extra 5 mins im guessing?) it saves people like myself spending 10-15 mins trying to work out where to start and then find the info.

  • leQ

    i just find it ironic to be told to reboot the system, after performing a regedit to get rid of the need to reboot. don’t you?

  • TheRealSatan

    tech-recipes.com… do you at least know how to cook an egg????

    I’ve been trying a dozen of your half-hacks (half done eggs lol) and none, absolutely NONE of em works!!

    I guess this is why the site logo shows a “big smiling, half hidden face”

    What the use of all this in the end? Is it really worth it at all?

    Sorry but I just don’t see whatever the hell u get worth the work 😉

  • Michael

    I have a W7 Home Premium and the registry tweak doesn’t seem to work. Windows still rebooted itself. Search engines all point to this tweak but has anyone confirmed it to work on Windows 7? I did see couple of commenters saying it didn’t work for them.

  • Michael

    I have a W7 Home Premium and the registry tweak doesn’t seem to work. Windows still rebooted itself. Search engines all point to this tweak but has anyone confirmed it to work on Windows 7? I did see couple of commenters saying it didn’t work for them.

  • Tattooed_Arry

    Just tried this registry edit. Hopefully it’ll do the trick. My Win7 has just done the auto reboot for the first time in the two+ years I’ve had it running, maybe it’s due to a recent MSUpdate.

    All the best

    Tattooed_Arry