It’s important to keep Windows fully updated to avoid your system security becoming compromised. One annoying thing about Windows 7 update however is that when some updates are installed, the computer is forced to automatically reboot. If you’re in the middle of something important, or a project running multiple applications then this can really cause some headache. To fix this, we have to modify the Windows 7 registry.
Before we get started, it’s important to remember that improperly modifying the Windows registry can seriously mess up your system. But this groovy guide should prevent that from happening!
If you’d like to skip the steps below, just download this registry fix and apply it.
How To Prevent Windows 7 From Doing An Automatic Reboot After Windows Updates Are Installed
1. Click the Windows Start Orb and then in the search box Type Regedit. Press Enter or Click the regedit.exe program link.
2. Next from within Registry Editor, Navigate to the registry key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREPoliciesMicrosoftWindows
3. Now we have to create two new registry keys. Right-Click in the open space to the right, and Select New > Key. Name the first key WindowsUpdate and then make a second key within WindowsUpdate and Name it AU.
So now your new registry location should be:
4. Right-Click within the AU key and Select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value. Name the new DWORD:
5. Now that the DWORD is created, Right-Click it and Select Modify. Set the Value data to 1 and then Click OK and exit regedit. Restart Windows for changes to take effect.
Now your computer should no longer automatically reboot every time a new Windows 7 system update is installed. Don’t forget to manually restart your computer once you finish your work because the same updates that would normally force a restart still require a restart for them to take affect on your computer and the longer you wait, the more chance a possible problem could occur.