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Stop Windows Update from Forcing a Restart after Automatically installing Updates

Dec 2

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Fri, 02 Dec 2011 15:22:23 GMT  RssIcon

Stop Windows Update from Forcing a Restart...

I decided to post this under Windows 7 trouble shooting because this issue is a lot of trouble.

The quickest and easiest way to avoid this happening is to disable the auto-restart with a registery entry. This won't disable the repeated prompting of "restart or postpone" - I personally recommend restarting your system whenever Windows Update prompts you to do so - as updates often do not become fully integrated and active until a restart has been completed. Also many 'minor' problems can be fixed with a simple restart.

Now for the Science...

1. Copy and paste the following text exactly as it is shown into Notepad (this is a basic text editor that is built into Windows) - do not worry about the formatting.

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00


2. Click 'File' and 'Save' - save the file somewhere you'll be able to locate it easily and name it - NoReboot.reg (the name isn't really important but the .reg extension is crucial.

3. Locate the file that you just saved and double left click it - you will be prompted as shown below:

4. Click 'Yes' to continue and you should then receive a message saying it was successful. To complete the process restart your PC.

4 easy steps :-) Please feel free to Contact Us with questions and feedback

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1 comments so far...


I cannot tell you how much work i've lost to those random windows updates reboots. I've just followed the steps here - will see how things go in the following weeks - assuming microsoft release more updates.

A big thank you from Cardiff.



By David F on   Tue, 31 Jan 2012 00:33:15 GMT

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