Disable Automatic System Restart after Windows Update

I like working on Windows but there is one thing I don’t like about it. System Restart after any Windows Update has been installed. This is handled beautifully in Linux OS, where no update requires the machine to restart. It is really irritating when we need to close all our windows and the files we are currently working upon just to restart the machine.

Although there is a feature to postpone the system restart but to some time only, ultimately, we have to restart the system to install the updates. Well here is a tip and little workaround using which you don’t need to restart the system whenever the Windows Updates. Just ensure you have the admin privileges in your machine else you won’t be able to do the steps.


Steps to prevent auto system restart after Windows Updates:

1. Type gpedit.msc in the Run (Win + R) box to open the Group Policy editor.

2. Now we need to navigate to the following location

Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Windows Update


Click on the Windows Update folder as shown.

3. It now opens some items in the right hand side menu, look for the key

“No auto-restart with logged on users for scheduled automatic updates installations”


4. Now we need to enable this key so that the system do not restarts next time the Windows Updates are installed.

Double click on the key and set it to Enabled.


5. After the key has been enabled we can make the changes to affect immediately by typing the following command in the Run box

gpupdate /force

This will forcefully update the group settings and we don’t need to restart the machine. So from now on, next time you are installing any Windows Update you don’t need to restart the machine.

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