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I've mastered how to disable/delay the Automatic Restart prompt after Windows Update deems it necessary to restart my computer in XP.

But, now I'm using both Windows 7 and Vista and that method no longer works. So far, I have not been able to circumvent the Restart Reminder popup that keeps telling me Restart or Postpone decision for 10 min/1 hour/4 hours (and then popping up again after that delay). Does anyone know how to delay that popup for something like a day (24 hours) or disable it completely?

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I hate this popup too! –  Colonel Panic Jul 22 '13 at 18:28
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You can manually edit the registry using regedit. The best explanation I've found is from the How To Geek here: http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-vista/prevent-windows-update-from-forcibly-rebooting-your-computer/ The link contains automatic ways I'm posting the manual method here:

Open up regedit.exe through the start menu search box or run dialog, and navigate down to the following key, creating new keys if they don’t exist.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate\AU

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Create a new 32-bit DWORD value named NoAutoRebootWithLoggedOnUsers and give it a value of 1 to prevent automatic reboot while users are logged on. Delete the value to put things back to the way they were.

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This prevents automatic restart but doesn't stop the nagging notification that takes you out of games and full screen video every 4 hours. –  Muhd Mar 31 '12 at 8:10
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An easier way than messing around with the registry, or having to run a command after every update:

Open the Local Group Policy Editor:

Start / Run / gpedit.msc

Find the Windows Update settings:

Computer Configuration / Administrative Templates / Windows Components / Windows Update

Edit these 2 settings:

No auto-restart with logged on users for scheduled automatic updates installations: Enabled

Re-prompt for restart with scheduled installations: Enabled, wait period (minutes): 1440

Now you will not be prompted to restart for 24 hours.

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Works in XP, but not Windows 7. –  palswim May 21 '13 at 18:52
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It works for me in Windows 7 –  nickspoon Jul 9 '13 at 23:59
    
Home editions of Windows don't have the group policy editor. –  Colonel Panic Jul 22 '13 at 18:27
    
Enable it: askvg.com/… –  reflexiv May 3 at 7:05
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Try this command

sc stop wuauserv

see if it stops the nag.

You would need to do this every time you do an update that requires a reboot.

Alternatively, you can go to Start Menu>Run>regedit, on the side click HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE>SOFTWARE>Microsoft>Windows>CurrentVersion>Run. Once in that folder, right click on the right side of the screen and select New>String Value. Name it "Disable Windows Update Restart Notification" and in the path type in "Cmd.exe sc stop wuauserv" (without the quotes, as those indicate a path).

Other suggestions here, this article is for Vista, but maybe some of the reg hacks will work for 7 http://www.tomstricks.com/how-to-disable-the-annoying-windows-update-restart-prompt-in-windows-vista/

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That's true; I have seen that command. But, I was looking for a more permanent solution. Sadly, I've tried the settings in the article, but even with the settings, the popup persists at least once every four hours. –  palswim Sep 20 '10 at 15:38
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Save this in a .reg file. Run it

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate\AU]
"NoAutoRebootWithLoggedOnUsers"=dword:00000001
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