Stop Windows Update nagging you to restart after an update

Automatic Updates is a  good option to keep your system patched with the latest offerings from Microsoft. After Windows Automatic Updates has downloaded updates to your computer, it may display a dialog that says: “Updating your computer is almost complete. You must restart your computer for the updates to take effect. Do you want to restart your computer now?” If you click “Restart Later”, the dialog will appear again after 10 minutes, which is very annoying if you are busy and consider that your computer should not put its needs above your own. It doesn’t give an option to restart the system when the user wishes to.

It would be to simply stop the automatic update service in the current session. This would mean that the nagging screens asking you to reboot would not appear in this session only. Automatic Updates will be started automatically as a service again after a reboot.

  • Click Start, Run and enter the command net stop wuauserv or net stop “automatic updates”

This will stop the Windows Update service until the next restart of the computer, which will stop the reminders to restart your computer for this update. You might require local administrator privileges to stop the service. If you don’t, the following tools might help.

You can use one of the following tools to achieve the same.

Auto Reboot Remover: http://www.intelliadmin.com/blog/AutoRebootSetter_Free.exe

PowerMenu: http://www.abstractpath.com/powermenu/

Happy working!!!

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