Stop automatic rebooting of Windows 7 after Windows Update

If you want your PC with Windows 7 operating system to work as server then you definitely want to stop automatic rebooting after Windows Update install new patches.

To do this you need to do the following:

  1. Open the Registry Edit (WindowsKey + R, “regedit.exe“)
    (Remember to be careful! DON’T change anything unless you know exactly what you’re doing!)
  2. Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate\AU
    Chances are that you’ll be missing these keys.
    If keys WindowsUpdate\AU exist, go ahead to step 3
    OTHERWISE, continue through these indented steps…

    1. Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows
    2. (Make sure the above key is highlighted and) go to the edit menu and choose New > Key
    3. Name the key WindowsUpdate
    4. Now, repeat the above steps, except highlight WindowsUpdate and name the next keyAU
  3. With WindowsUpdate\AU highlighted, create a new 32-bit DWORD calledNoAutoRebootWithLoggedOnUsers
  4. Right click on your newly created value and give it a value data of 1 (hexadecimal)
  5. Double check all the steps to make sure you did everything EXACTLY how I explained it
  6. Close Registry Editor
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