Preventing Windows Automatic Update restarts...
Apr 6, 2007
I think this behavior is just plain irresponsible on Microsoft's part.
So I'm going to tell you what you can do to avoid being bitten in the future. These steps should apply to Windows 2000 SP3+, Windows XP SP1+ and Windows Vista.
- Click Start, Run and enter gpedit.msc in the Run dialog box to open the Group Policy Editor.
- In the left-side pane, drill down to "Computer Configuration - Administrative Templates - Windows Components - Windows Update"
- In the right-side pane, double-click the "No auto-restart for scheduled Automatic Updates..." item, and set it to "Enabled"
If you're using one of the Home SKUs (XP Home, Vista Home Basic, or Vista Home Premium), the Group Policy Editor isn't included, so you'll need to add a value to the Registry. You can either use the instructions below to do it manually, or download this file, unzip it to your desktop and double-click the disable_au_restarts.reg file to apply the setting.
- Click Start, Run and enter regedit in the Run dialog box to open the Registry Editor.
- In the left-side pane, drill down to "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Policies \ Microsoft \ Windows \ WindowsUpdate \ AU"
- Right-click in the white space in the right-side pane, and select "New > DWORD value"
- Set the name to NoAutoRebootWithLoggedOnUsers and set the value to 1.