Stop, Disable or Prevent Windows 7 To Restart, Reboot After Updates Install

by Rohit Khurana on May 8, 2010


Some times when you are working on some important task and suddenly you see the restart prompt saying windows as has just installed download updates and it is asking you reboot windows.

These update nagging prompt can be disabled by typing following command prompt in run prompt and press Enter.

command – net stop “windows update”

Windows Update

Above command will turn of windows updates service which initiates these nagging prompt temporarily but don’t worry as this service will start automatically the next time you restart windows.

Related – Disable Auto Reboot After Updates Install In Windows XP and Vista Home Editions

In order to get rid of updates prompt or stop windows to automatically reboot after installing updates, you will need to edit a value in registry or use a free tool which does the same.

Manual Method

1. Go to Start menu >> Run prompt, type regedit and press Enter.

2. Navigate to the following path


3. Change the value of the registry key NoRebootWithLoggedOnUsers to 1 to disable windows reboot after windows updates installed.



4. Click ok and close registry.

Automatic Easy Method [ Using Auto Reboot Remover Tool ]

If you don’t want to play with windows registry,  you can use the tool below which does the same change to windows registry in safe way for those who are not familiar with registry.

Auto Reboot Remover is a free tool which allows you to disable or enable windows reboot after downloaded windows updates gets installed. It works on all the versions of windows.


Note: This tool was however was designed for windows XP with sp2, but it works on all windows version including windows 7, we have just it on our windows 7 32 bit ultimate version.

Download Auto Reboot Remover For Windows

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{ 1 comment… read it below or add one }

vvvlad May 8, 2010 at 4:31 pm

I couldn’t find the WindowsUpdate\AU part on my Win7 machine.
should I create it myself?

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