Disable Windows Automatic Reboot After Updates

Modified on Wed, 23 Nov, 2022 at 5:41 PM

Sometimes it is required that we stop Windows Desktop from rebooting after updates, this can be due to the machine running important software or just requires to be logged in at all times.

Applies to Windows 8, 8.1, 10, 11 Pro

ITW4 recommend server operating systems to avoid these situations, however there is a workaround. 

Please note: ITW4 recommend that updates are always ran in order to keep computers secure against emerging threats, if you are using this work around please schedule time to reboot computers manually regularly and ensure they are kept up to date.


On the computer you wish make the change on

  • Click Start -> type in "run" -> select "run" from the returned results

  • in the run menu type in "gpedit.msc"

  • From the local group policy editor which loads select: Local Computer Policy -> Computer Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Windows Components -> Windows Update


From the panel on the right hand side find: "No Auto-restart with logged on users for scheduled automatic updates installations" and change this from "Not Configured" to "Enabled"

Restart the computer to ensure the policy applies.

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