Stop Windows Rebooting Due To Updates

KB ID 0000773


I realise that updates are important, and Microsoft made updating easier by only releasing them once a month. But my laptop always wants to reboot at the point where I’m doing something critical! and Windows 8 unilaterally decides that its updates are far more important than my work.

OK this will only happen once a month, (normally) and it will only happen a maximum of 72 hours after the update. It affects me because I never shut my machine down, (I just close the lid).

Warning: Like I said updates are a good thing, if you disable this feature the onus is on you to keep your machine up to date!


Stop Windows 8 Rebooting Due To Updates with Group Policy

1. Press Windows Key+R > In the run box type gpedit.msc {Enter}.

Launch Windows 8 Policy Editor

2. Navigate to;

Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Update

Computer Policy Updates

3. Locate the ‘No auto-restart with logged on users for scheduled automatic updates installations’ policy. Set its value to enabled > Apply > OK.

No Auto Restart

4. Press Windows Key+R > In the run box type cmd {Enter} > At command line issue the following command;

gpupdate /force

Force Policy

Stop Windows 8 Rebooting Due To Updates via the Registry

Note: If you have already set this in policy (above) you don’t need to do this as well.

5. Press Windows Key+R > In the run box type regedit {Enter} > Navigate to;

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > SOFTWARE > Policies > Microsoft > Windows

If there is not a Key Called WindowsUpdate create one.


6. And within the WindowsUpdate Key create another key.

Windows Update Registry

7. Call that key AU.

Windows update reboot

8. Within that create a new DWORD (32 bit) value called ‘NoAutoRebootWithLoggedOnUsers’.

Stop Windows 8 Reboot

9. Set its value to 1 (one).



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