Automatic Restart After Windows Update – Solution

In IT, Tips N Tricks, Windows XP on September 18, 2006 at 4:18 pm

On one of my early postings titled Automatic Update After Windows Update I’ve talked about this annoying and sometimes detrimental effect of Windows automatically restarting after updating itself and the way the dialog box has been designed to accidentally accept the “Restart Now” button.

Colin Angus Mackay has found a solution for this to postpone the prompting dialog from popping up every 10 minutes. Here is the solution at a glimpse.

  • Click “Start” button
  • Click the “Run” menu
  • Type “gpedit.msc” (without quotes) and hit ENTER
  • Your Group Policy console will launch with “Local Computer Policy” node expanded
  • Expand the “Computer Configuration” node 
  • Expand the “Administrative Templates” node
  • Expand the “Windows Components” node
  • Select the “Windows Update” node 
  • On the right side of the pane double click the “Re-prompt for restart with scheduled installations” and make it enabled with the number of minutes you want the prompting to be suppressed.
  • It requires a restart of your machine to take into effect.

Pretty neat. Read the full article here.

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  1. Users of XP Home don’t have gpedit.msc. But I have another solution. I use a program called pausep ( to suspend wuauclt.exe. When it’s suspended, it stays that way for as long as the computer keeps running. It only starts again if I tell it to or reboot myself.

  2. Thanks Raymond for the tip. It surely helps XP Home users. Appreciated.

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