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Disable Auto-Restart for Auto Updates (TTID #393)

Author: TACKtech Team   Views: 7,483 /  Created: April 22, 2007
Problem:

Automatic Updates will notify the user that the computer will automatically restart in 5 minutes to complete the installation.



Solution:

Change the Auto-Restart setting so, Automatic Updates will not restart a computer automatically during a scheduled installation if a user is logged in to the computer. Instead, Automatic Updates will notify the user to restart the computer.

Note: This policy applies only when Automatic Updates is configured to perform scheduled installations of updates. If the Configure Automatic Updates policy is disabled, this policy has no effect.

Requires: Windows XP Professional SP1/SP2/SP3, Windows 2000 SP3/SP4, Windows Server 2003



Solution:

Click Start > Run...

Type control wuaucpl.cpl into the Open: textbox.

Click the OK button to open the Automatic Updates settings.

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Select the Automatic (recommended) option.

Click the OK button.

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Click Start > Run...

Type gpedit.msc into the Open: textbox.

Click the OK button to launch the Group Policy Editor.

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Browse to Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Update

Double click No auto-restart for scheduled Automatic Updates installations in the right pane.

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Select the Enabled option.

Click the OK button.

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Close the Group Policy window.


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