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Using GPEdit To Prevent Windows Update From Restarting Windows 8.1

Here is another way to configure Windows Update for not to automatically restart a Windows computer with logged on users.

Instead of editing the Windows Registry directly, this trick set the NoAutoRebootWithLoggedOnUsers Registry key via Local Group Policy Editor (gpedit.msc):

Click START button and type gpedit.msc, then click it (the returned search result) to open Local Group Policy editor.

On the left pane, navigate to Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > All Settings. Then on the right pane, locate this setting “No auto-restart with logged on users for scheduled automatic update installations”, and set it to “Enabled”.

Configure Local Group Policy setting to prevent Windows Update from restarting computer.

As shown by my silent screencast, Windows Update honors this setting immediately without having user restart Windows for it to become effective. As long as there is logged on user, Windows Update will not forcibly reboot that computer or server.

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