Windows is a living thing: It downloads updates routinely. That’s beneficial, especially when these updates include important anti-virus protections meant to keep your computer safe. But there is a frustrating side effect with these updates: Windows wants to restart your computer after every update.
Stop the restarts
As Lifehacker says, the restarts are an aggravation. Nobody likes seeing that message about your computer restarting in 15 minutes. If you don’t want this to occur, though, you can put an end to it. Tech site Lifehacker recently dealt with how to keep the automatic update on hold.
Editing the registry
Start the disabling process by turning on your computer’s “Start” menu. Open the registry by typing “regedit.” Next, start the registry editor. Now you’ll need to find a specific line in the registry: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREPoliciesMicrosoftWindowsWindowsUpdateAU. Click on the AU key and, when you see it appear in the right pane, right-click on the empty space and select New >DWORD (32-bit) Value. Now, name the new DWORD: “NoAutoRebootWithLoggedOnUsers”. Finally, 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, you shouldn’t reboot your computer manually in the future. Your Windows updates won’t take effect if you don’t do this. And that could leave your computer and software vulnerable.