A way to prevent Windows Update from restarting the computer?



For any IT admin, Windows updates can be a time-consuming and often frustrating task. Most often, the biggest issue with Windows updates is the requirement for a system reboot after the installation. This can be a major problem for businesses, as it can cause downtime and interrupt important work.

Fortunately, there are several methods that IT admins can use to prevent Windows Update from automatically restarting a system. The best way to prevent automatic restarts is to configure Windows Update in the Windows Registry. The Windows Registry is a database that stores all of the settings and configurations for the operating system.

The first step is to open the Windows Registry Editor. This can be done by clicking Start, typing “regedit” in the search box, and pressing Enter. Once the Registry Editor is open, navigate to the following location:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\\SOFTWARE\\Policies\\Microsoft\\Windows\\WindowsUpdate\\AU

If this key does not exist, create a new one by right-clicking on the Windows folder and selecting New > Key. Name the key “AU”.

Once the AU key is created, right-click on the AU key and select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value. Name the new value “NoAutoRebootWithLoggedOnUsers” and set its value to 1. This will prevent Windows Update from automatically restarting the computer with a logged-on user.

Another method to prevent automatic restarts is to use the Group Policy Editor. This can be accessed by opening the Run dialog (press Windows Key + R) and typing “gpedit.msc”. Navigate to the following location:

Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Update

Once here, double-click on the “No auto-restart with logged on users for scheduled automatic updates installations” setting. Change the setting to “Enabled” and click OK. This will prevent Windows Update from automatically restarting the computer with a logged-on user.

The final method to prevent automatic restarts is to configure the Windows Update settings in the Control Panel. To do this, open the Control Panel and navigate to System and Security > Windows Update. Select the “Change settings” link on the left side of the page. On the resulting page, select the “Never check for updates (not recommended)” option. This will prevent Windows Update from automatically downloading and installing updates.

By using one or more of these methods, IT admins can easily prevent Windows Update from automatically restarting a system. While this may not be the most efficient way to manage Windows updates, it can help to minimize downtime and keep systems running smoothly.

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