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Stop Windows Update restart nagging with the Group Policy editor

group_policy_editorMicrosoft puts out a lot of updates for their software that’s great–I know they’re trying to fix bugs, security holes, etc., but when an update has installed and the computer needs to be restarted why does the computer have to continue to nag you ever few minutes about this?

If you’re tired of being nagged (like I am as I write this from my Windows XP box) a simple change to your computers Local Computer Policy file will fix things.

Before I go into this, please keep in mind that while playing around with the policy files isn’t as risky as playing around in the Windows Registry, you can still cause yourself quite a lot of grief if you change something you shouldn’t so be careful.

Okay, back to the fix.

Click on Start, then Run and type gpedit.msc and press enter (or click on OK).

Within a few seconds you will see the Group Policy editor open.

Under Local Computer Policy you should see two things: Computer Configuration and User Configuration. Under Computer Configuration go to Administrative Templates \ Windows Components \ Windows Update.

Now on the right side of the window you’ll see a list of the different things in the Windows Update section. Find the one that says “Re-prompt for restart with scheduled installation” and you’ll see that the default value is set to “Not Configured”.

Change it to “Disabled”, click on OK and close the Group Policy window.  Done!

Don’t forget to restart, of course, but at least now you can do it on your own time without all the nagging.

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