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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Some more solutions in this thread Disable restart after update prompt for server 2008 R2

  • This disables/stops the Windows Update service which works but also might have side-effects. The other answer is a clean and permanent solution.
    – usr
    Nov 25, 2015 at 13:53

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.

  • Works in XP, but not Windows 7.
    – palswim
    May 21, 2013 at 18:52
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    It works for me in Windows 7
    – nickspoon
    Jul 9, 2013 at 23:59
  • 1
    Home editions of Windows don't have the group policy editor. Jul 22, 2013 at 18:27
  • 3
    Enable it: askvg.com/…
    – reflexiv
    May 3, 2014 at 7:05
  • Didn't work for me in Windows 7 SP1 Enterprise in a domain situation.
    – Sam
    Oct 15, 2014 at 2:20

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.


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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, 2012 at 8:10

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/

  • 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, 2010 at 15:38
  • Reducing security of a system is never a good answer to solve an annoying user experience.. Your suggestion is to disable Windows Update altogether, which would put the system at risk.
    – KJdev
    Nov 20, 2016 at 17:31

One (and perhaps the easiest way) is to just kill the Windows Update process.

1) Click start menu

2) Type 'cmd' to the "Search programs and files" and run it by pressing Enter.

3) Change into admin mode by pressing Ctrl+Shift+Enter. (or just run the exe with right click -> Run as administrator)

4) Type net stop “windows update”

You can observe that the Windows Update icon disappears from the taskbar, and you will get a text "The Windows Update service was stopped succesfully"). This should work in both Windows 7 and Vista.

Note: The solution is temporary. The Windows Update process will come back after you have restarted your computer.

Source: Howtogeek.com


Save this in a .reg file. Run it

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00


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