You know that the updates that Windows automatically downloads are very important. They often contain important anti-virus protections created to keep cybercriminals out of your computer and software. Nonetheless it can be annoying when Windows automatically restarts your machine after every update. Luckily, the Lifehacker Web site recently covered the way to edit your computer’s registry to prevent Windows from automatically restarting after an update.
No more automatic restarts
Tech Web site Lifehacker recently listed the steps you’ll want to take to disable Windowâ€™s automatic reboot feature. Itâ€™s not the easiest – youâ€™ll have to edit your computerâ€™s registry – but if automatic reboots aggravate you, the extra 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.
Once youâ€™ve finished this procedure, Windows wonâ€™t automatically restart your computer after its automatic updates. This doesnâ€™t mean, though, you shouldnâ€™t reboot your computer manually in the future. Your Windows updates wonâ€™t take effect if you donâ€™t. And that could leave your computer and software vulnerable.
Posted on: 06.21.13