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How to Disable “Restart Now” after a Windows update

How to get rid of that f*** Restart Now popup after a Windows update, when you don’t want to or just can’t restart immediately? In a comment at How to Disable that Blasted “Restart Now” Message from Windows Update Colin Findlay wrote:

  • In the Start Menu go to Run type gpedit.msc
  • Now a Group Policy editor will open. In this window navigate to: Computer Configuration -> Administrative Template -> Windows Components -> Windows Update
  • Double click on No auto-restart for scheduled Automatic Updates installations
  • In the settings window Choose Enabled and click OK
  • Double click on Re-prompt for restart with scheduled installations
  • In the settings window Choose Disabled and click OK
  • Close Group Policy Editor

A life saver!
Ironically the change is effective only after a reboot. Meanwhile you can follow the original advice of stopping the Live Update service, which will stop the popup from appearing until the reboot.

This works with Windows XP Pro and Server 2003 only.