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Avoid Auto Restart after Automatic Updates in Windows 7

By Codrut Nistor

Posted in How-to, Windows-7

In any Windows 7 operating system automatic updates play an important role as far as the security of the machine is concerned. No matter if the computer is used for home purpose or in corporate sector it is always recommended that automatic updates feature should be turned on and the operating system must be updated on a regular basis. The consequences however are that as soon as the updates are installed after downloading computer automatically restarts which may create problems to the users who work on it. To eliminate this problem administrators can modify registry settings so that the computer does not get restarted after the installation of updates. As an administrator if you want to do so you are required to follow the steps given below:

  1. Logon to Windows 7 computer with the administrator account and in the search box at the bottom of start menu type REGEDIT.

  2. As soon as you will press enter key you will be displayed with Registry Editor box and you are required to locate HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREPolicesMicrosoftWindows.

  3. Right click on Windows and from the available menu go to New and from the appeared submenu click on Key.

  4. Specify the name WindowsUpdate to the new key and then right click on it to go to New and again click on Key.

  5. Type the name AU to the new key and right click on it to go to New and then click on DWORD (32-bit Value).

  6. Specify the name as NoAutoRebootWithLoggedOnUsers and when once specified right click on it to go to Modify.

  7. On the opened box under Value data section type 1 and finally press Okbutton to save the changes.

  8. Restart the computer to make the changes take effect.