Disable “Restart Now” on automatic updates in Windows
If you have setup your Windows machine to perform automatic updates, when a new update is available it will nag you with a popup message to restart your computer so that the updates can be applied.
There are several ways to disable or post-pone this from annoying you every 10 minutes (default setting).
- Disable the Automatic Updates Service for the current session, meaning it will not show up this message until the computer is restarted. Note that this will be reset after the restart so you will need to repeat it again next time when you have new updates to be applied. To disable the automatic updates for the current session type the following in the Run screen in Windows (Start -> Run):
sc stop wuauserv
- Modify the group policy settings so the time between message popup is greater than the default value. Open the Group Policy Settings by entering gpedit.msc in Start -> Run. On the screen that will open, go to the following location:
Local Computer Policy
Now, locate the Re-prompt for restart with schedule installations option in the list and double click on it.
Set it is as Enabled and change the waiting period to 1440 minutes (maximum value == 1 day). Enjoy the uninterrupted work! 🙂
Note: Option 2 works only on Windows XP Professional and not on Windows XP Home. However, option 1 works for all versions of Windows XP. These options were not tested on Windows 7, but they might work there as well.
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