How to Stop Annoying “Restart” Prompt after Windows Updates

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Windows users can find many things to complain about, but in my opinion, the absolute worst “feature” of Windows XP is the Nagging Restart Dialog. In 2008, Mark showed you how to disable the Windows restart prompt temporarily. I’ll extend on that and make it even simpler for future use.

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I’m sure you’ve had to deal with this; It pops up every ten minutes after a major system update. Fortunately, it can be turned off. I’m going to help you to create a shortcut that will turn this nag off when double-clicked.

So, how to stop automatic updates from restarting your PC

Step 1

Your first step is to open Notepad. (Start > Run > “Notepad” > OK)

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In Notepad, just type the command “net stop wuauserv” (no quotes, as in above). Then close the window, and select “Yes” to save changes.

Step 2

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What we’re doing is creating an executable batch file which will run a command when double-clicked, to stop the Windows Automatic Updates Service. Make sure that your “Save as type” is set to “All Files“ so that you don’t accidently create a text file. Save your file with an extension of “.bat“

Step 3

This cute little batch file is what you’re left with.

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When Windows starts nagging you to restart, just double click this to run it and stop the service. You won’t be bothered again. The service will restart when you reboot, which is needed to install the updates in the first place.

Is there anything that Windows does that annoys you? Maybe we can find a fix for it. Are yu awrae of any easier way to stop automatic updates from restarting your Windows. Please give us some ideas in the comments.

Think it’s time to update your PC? Varun will teach you 5 Ways To Update Your Windows Operating System.

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Comments (12)
  • Andy Williams

    Good tip. It has the definite advantage that you don’t need to remember any commands. For those with better memories that me a quick alternative is:

    Press Windows+R. Type “net stop wuauserv” in the box (leave out the quote marks). Press ‘Enter’

    Also I just came across the little app “Leave Me Alone” that claims to do the same thing (http://tinyurl.com/3ry5xd)

  • Pat

    Depresso said “Why not simply restart the computer and be done with it? What does it take, a whole 30 seconds.

    30 Seconds? Seriously? I haven’t timed it but I’m going to say 4-5 minutes to reboot, reload Outlook, etc…

  • Peter

    You really shouldn’t delay the reboot. There are numerous article out there about exactly why and all the technical details, but the main point is that when the system requires a reboot, it is generally because it can’t update files that are in use. So some of the needed files have been updated and some have not. This leaves the machine in an unstable state where some files are of different versions and the system may expect things to happen that don’t.
    Just reboot and be done with it. Putting it off for too long as asking for problems.

  • Nick

    Haha, This is awesome, lets hope Microsoft doesn’t find out about this and then create a patch for it!

    Good idea though!

  • pariah

    The problem that I have found with the “Restart” Prompt is that if it is left unanswered, it will automatically reboot the system, no matter what you have running. This has ruined a number of projects that I had running unattended. Do you have a fix for this?

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