How Can I prevent Windows from restarting after applying security updates

Windows 8.1 introduces “Automatic Restart After Windows Update” feature. As part of this feature, a PC running Windows 8.1 will be restarted automatically after applying the important patches. To control this behaviour, create the following registry entry:

  • Reg Entry: NoAutoRebootWithLoggedOnUsers
  • Reg Key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate\AU
  • Reg Type: DWORD
  • Value: 1

About Nirmal Sharma

Nirmal is a MCSEx3, MCITP and was awarded Microsoft MVP award in Directory Services and Windows Networking. He is specialized in Directory Services, Failover cluster, Hyper-V, System Center, Windows Azure, and Exchange Servers and has been involved in Microsoft Technologies since 1994. In his spare time, he offers technical help by writing tips and articles on several web sites. Nirmal can be reached at [email protected].

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