Disable Automatic Windows 10 Update Reboots

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Everyone loves Windows 10.  After all, what’s not to love?  Oh that’s right, the dreaded automatic system update restarts.  This can be really annoying if you are using your computer for an important task.  I had an update start the other day in front of a client during a meeting.  Talk about inconvenient.  What’s worse is promising your 6-year-old son he can game with you before bedtime, then witnessing his eyes fill with tears when his computer is held hostage by Microsoft for an hour of unscheduled updating.  MICROSOOOOFT!!!

Good news is, there is a solution!  You can prevent Windows 10 from automatically rebooting for update installations, here’s how.

CAUTION: Recommended for advanced users only, your Registry Editor (regedit) is a dangerous place.

1. Click Windows Button > type regedit > Press Enter

2. Click Yes if you’re presented with a User Account Control message

3. Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\

4. Right-click in the window to the right and select NEW > KEY and title the new key WindowsUpdate (this new key will look like a folder)

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5. Click on your newly created key then right-click in the window to the right and select NEW > DWORD (32-bit) VALUE and title the new value NoAutoRebootWithLoggedOnUsers

6. Double-click NoAutoRebootWithLoggedOnUsers entry and change the ‘Value Data:’ field from 0 to 1 and click OK

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7. No need to save anything, just close the editor and restart your PC for the changes to apply.

Voila!  No more inconvenient Windows Update reboots. If you want help with this, swing by our office with your laptop, or we can remote onto your computer, we’re happy to help!  The price is one White Rasberry Mocha from LaJava.