Disable Windows 7 Automatic Update Restart Prompt

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Microsoft is good at making OS and equally good at annoying the hell out of users. So you enable Automatic Updates and Windows prompts you to restart the computer after installing all updates. Guess what is common between us? Hitting the Postpone button.

But the same prompt will show up again after some time depending on the number of minutes or hours you have selected to postpone. Now this is where the trouble begins. What if you are away from computer when the prompt is displayed again? It will restart the system, thus you will lose all the work.

I know there are guides out there asking people to modify the registry to remove the prompt, but I will never recommend that. The best way to Postpone the restart operation forever is to use the Postpone Restart.

It is a small tool that sits in the system tray and automatically clicks the Postpone button for you. In layman’s term when the postpone operation becomes automated, you can say it is disabled temporarily. Simple as that!

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If you exit the app from the system tray, you will need to click postpone button in the restart prompt manually. I would recommend running this nifty little tool only when want to leave and the restart prompt is bugging you over and over again.

It is a portable executable that takes only 1.5Mb of system memory when running. It works on Windows Vista and Windows 7, Windows XP support has not been added yet.

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  • Another solution is to save your work, at least when you leave your computer :-). Windows update is not the only thing that can cause data loss

    • Jeremy

      Saving your work is FAR from the end-all solution, Carl. What about users who have active software running all the time? I recently read an example of a guy who was rendering video for a client. 63 hours into the 65-hour project, Windows deemed it necessary to reboot without authorization! You can’t save render-time. You just have to start over.

      This is also VERY problematic in tons of other scenarios. Another example is that I’ve been troubleshooting a very intermittent problem for users on my company’s network by using SolarWinds. I’m collecting historical data and generating reports weekly to get accurate latency information. When my computer reboots without my permission, I lose HOURS of information, and it makes my job that much more difficult. Not to mention, it completely taints my week-end report, and I wind up with inaccurate averages. I’ve disabled this in the Group Policy editor, but I shouldn’t have to touch gpedit for something as STUPID as this. It’s MY workstation. I CHOOSE how it operates.

      • Anon

        >
        It’s MY workstation. I CHOOSE how it operates.

        If you believe that like I do then you would probably enjoy learning about GNU/Linux and giving it a try. Start with Linux Mint debian edition with cinnamon/gnome if you’re completely new, but you should eventually make the move to arch when you’re ready to “graduate.”

        • snakebite6x6x6

          I gave linux a shot years ago, and walked away after I had to “recompile the kernel” every time I installed new drivers.

          As for my window’s rig, I have automatic updates disabled. I manually download my updates (usually only security fixes) once a week.

          In fact, I disable pretty much anything that is of the “automatic” variety of software.

  • Phil

    Isn´t better just to stop Windows Updates and after start them again?
    There are Scripts that can automate that (stopping the service and restarting it) and so you may also asign fast keys to it.

  • Phil

    Isn´t better just to stop Windows Updates and after start them again?
    There are Scripts that can automate that (stopping the service and restarting it) and so you may also asign fast keys to it.

  • Phil

    Isn´t better just to stop Windows Updates and after start them again?
    There are Scripts that can automate that (stopping the service and restarting it) and so you may also asign fast keys to it.

  • Jays

    Or you know, use the group policy editor. Why download some tool, when Windows has it built in.

  • Other Phil

    You frequently recommend little utilities on this site, but you never have a link to download them or where to find them. That’s more ridiculous and annoying than any of the annoyances you write about. If there’s a link here to download the Postpone Restart program, it’s not very conspicuous.

  • Simon East

    Yeah this method is far better, using the built-in settings of Windows…
    http://www.ehow.com/how_5573302_disable-windows-auto-update-restart.html

  • Kerr

    Start, Run, net stop “windows update”

  • Shazzam

    More bloatware? I’d go for the registry hack any day