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How to Properly Disable Auto-Restart After an Update

Now if you want to do this the right way, don’t listen to those sites which tell you to run the Group Policy Editor via gpedit.msc in RUN and disable Re-Prompt for Start for Scheduled Installations. This does nothing except give you the same 10 minute prompts you have anyway. I see any number of sites telling you this and I have no idea what they’re thinking because the Windows instructions are very clear on this. All that disabling Re-Prompt does is the same thing as it when you left it unconfigured, it gives you the same annoying prompt every 10 minutes to restart because Group Policy Editor will not allow you to disable the prompts. Not directly.

But if you’re smart and instead of disabling Re-Prompt you configure it to a high enough value, that’s pretty much the same effect as disabling it does because the prompt will be so rare. Of course that won’t get rid of the yellow icon or the extra few bytes of memory it takes up but that’s not a big deal.

The procedure is to turn on the group policy editor by typing gpedit.msc in your Run window which you can access with the Start button. Then once you have it up choose

Computer Configuration, then Administrative Templates, then Windows Components then Windows Update then Right Click on Reprompt for Restart with Scheduled Installation, choose Properties and then click on Enabled and enter a high enough value. For me 600 was good enough since that gives me 10 hours but you can go much higher than that. Click and you’re done.

Bye bye prompts

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