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Disable Automatic Restart after Windows Xp, Vista, Win 7 Updates

No matter you are a Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7 users, I believe you are familiar with the below screenshot which asks you to restart your computer now or later.

windows automatic updates progress bar

This happens normally after you have updating Windows latest updates. If you choose to restart later, the system will prompt again the same popup to annoy you. If you do not see the message or walk away from your computer, the computer will automatically shut down and restart again. All your unsaved work will be lost due to the automatic Windows restart.

Today I would like to guide you how to disable automatic restart for Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7 both for Windows Home edition and Pro edition.

How to disable Auto Restart for Windows 7, Vista and XP Pro edition:

 windows no auto restart registry settings

1)      Start –> type gpedit.msc into Start Search or Run Command (If you are WinXP user), press Enter.

2)      Local Group Policy Editor –> Computer Configuration –> Administrative Templates –> Windows Components –> Windows Update.

3)     You will see No auto-restart for scheduled automatic updates setting, double-click it and check Enabled radio button. Click Apply and OK button. Close Local Group Policy Editor once done.

As you are aware that Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7 Home edition does not come with Group Policy Editor same as above. Therefore, you need to follow the below steps to disable Windows auto-restart feature after Windows updates.

1)      Start –> Run/Search –> Type regedit. Press enter to continue.

2)      Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\


3)      Double-click “NoAutoRebootWithLoggedOnUsers” registry key and set its Dword value to 1 to stop auto-restart. If the key does not exist, create a new Dword (32-bit) with the same name.

create new dword registry editor

4)      Close Registry Editor.


As long as you are logged on to the PC, you can be assured that no more annoying automatic updates popup message will appear.

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