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Registry Key: Stop Autoreboot for Windows Update if a User is Logged In

Created: 09 Mar 2009 | 1 comment
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Every now and again, after a Windows Update your machine will require a reboot. I've been bugged by this before and a prompt every 15 minutes isn't going to convince me to close everything and reboot. This registry setting will change this so no prompt will appear if a user is logged on and the system will hold out until it's logged of before it restarts & kicks in changes.

The registry file looks like this;

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Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

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

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Obviously to turn this back off, change the 1 to a 0.

Attached are files to turn this setting on & off.

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Eshwar's picture

The following method is supported on Windows 2K/2K3/XP Pro SP2

1. Start -> Run -> gpedit.msc
2. Local Computer Policy -> Computer Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Windows Components -> Windows Update -> “No auto-restart for scheduled Automatic Updates installations” -> Right click and select Properties
3. Change the radio button to select “Enabled” and press Ok
4. Reboot the computer for the setting to take place

I hope this helps.

Thanks,                                                                                             Eshwar

Cheers,

Eshwar

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