Windows Restart – How to disable it for automatic updates in 7

Windows 7 is a stable and a better OS than its predecessor Windows Vista. However, it still has the annoying feature of asking for windows restart every now and then, when it’s done with an update. Wouldn’t you like to control this and delay the windows restart till you want?

You can off-course do this in Windows 7. Let’s see how to disable the restart prompt in Windows 7, that pops up after every update. Here are the steps to go about disabling it.

  • In Windows 7, bring up the run prompt by hitting Window + R and type gpedit.msc. Hit “ENTER” on your keyboard.
Windows 7 Run dialog
  • A window titled “Local Group Policy Editor” will pop up.
Windows7 local group policy editor
  • On the left pane navigate to Local Computer Policy > Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Update.
windows 7 Update
  • Now on the right pane look for something that reads, “No auto-restart with logged on users for scheduled automated updates installation”.
windows 7 Update Settings
  • Double click on it to bring up another window and click Enabled to ensure that Windows doesn’t restart automatically after an update. Click Apply.
Disable Windows 7 Restart

That is it! You will no longer be troubled by the frequent windows 7 restart prompts after automatic updates.

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