To protect your computer and keep your software operating smoothly, Microsoft Windows routinely downloads updates. These updates are necessary, but they also come with some irritation: Mainly, Windows will automatically reboot your machine after finishing the updates, often giving you 15 minutes to shut down your machine and start over before an automatic reboot takes place. Fortunately, your machine doesn’t have to do this.
No more automatic restarts
Tech Web site Lifehacker recently detailed the steps you’ll want to take to disable Window’s automatic reboot feature. It’s not the easiest – you’ll have to edit your computer’s registry – but if automatic reboots irritate you, the added work may well be worth it.
To do this in Windows 8, first click on the “Start” menu. Type regedit. Start the Registry Editor when it comes up. Next, find this line in the registry: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate\AU. Next, click on the AU key and, when you see it in the right pane, right-click on the empty space and select New >DWORD (32-bit) Value. Then, name the new DWORD: “NoAutoRebootWithLoggedOnUsers” Finally, double-click on the new DWORD and assign it a value of 1.
When you reboot your computer, Windows will not force you to reboot after it installs updates. Don’t forget, though, to eventually reboot your computer. It is the only way your updates will take effect.