How to Stop Windows From Restarting After Updates

If you have Windows PC or laptop with you, then while working on it, you must have come across the irritating moment of automatic restart of Windows after installation of updates. Well, this has happened with me many a times. Windows, being a smart OS, automatically downloads the updates and restarts automatically after installing them. This smartness of Windows has always caused me problems. I have lost my work flow because of this, many times. I am sure you must have gone through this for one time at the very least.

Well, this problem no longer disturbs me, because I have fixed it. Yeah, I have stopped Windows from restarting after updates. Do you also want to do the same? If yes is your call, then just keep reading this article, as I am sharing the methods to stop Windows from restarting after updates.

Use Shutdown Guard Application

Whenever it’s about solving a quite common problem of Windows, chances of availability of ‘easy’ fix are always high. Same is the case in this problem. We can stop Windows from restarting after updates by installing an application named ‘Shutdown Gurad’. This app prevents many software/applications to prevent restarting Windows. Yeah, it prevents restart after Windows update as well, which is the matter in hand now.

Shutdown Guard is completely free application. You can download it from here. After downloading, just install and then run it. It will solve the problem.

Make Small Tweak to Windows Registry

Although the above method works fine, but I found some users with the negative review for that. Maybe that software does not work fine on all versions of Windows. Whatever is, knowledge of more than one method is always wise. So whether or not the previous method worked for you, you should take time to read this one. Below are the steps to stop Windows from restarting after updates by making small tweak to Windows Registry.

  • Open the Windows ‘Run’ dialog box. For this, press Windows+R.
  • In the Run dialog box, type ’regedit’, and hit Enter.
  • There, you need to navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE -> SOFTWARE -> Policies -> Microsoft -> Windows -> WindowsUpdate -> AU.
  • It is possible that you may not find ’WindowsUpdate’ key in your computer. Don’t panic! If you don’t find it, then create it. For this, just right-click on “Windows” key. Now, in the sidebar, go to New > Key. Give name to this key, which in this case will be WindowsUpdate. Similarly create a new one and give it name AU.
  • Done with the last step? Then click on ‘AU’ key. In the right hand side of Windows, do right-click on empty space. Now choose New > DWORD (32-bit) Value.
  • Name this new DWORD. The name to be given to it is NoAutoRebootWithLoggedOnUsers .
  • Right click on this newly created DWORD, select modify, and then give it value ’1′.
  • Restart your Windows for the changes to take effect.
  • That’s all! You have successfully stopped Windows from restarting after updates.
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