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Disable Auto Restart after Automatic Updates

Windows XP does not come with the option to postpone the “Restart Now” dialogue box for a significant amount of time; thus, after updates, you are frequently bugged by Windows until you restart your computer. If you’re like me and don’t always want to do it straight away, this guide is for you.

Please Note: This guide involves the use of the Group Policy Editor, which is not included with Windows XP Home. If this is the first time you are using the Group Policy Editor, read this guide.

Unfortunately I do not know how to do this tweak using only the registry. If you know how, please contact me.

Stop Bugging Me!

There are a few ways to turn off the prompt shown above, but the best way follows:

You will need to modify some group policy settings so that your computer will always be updated, but you won’t be asked to restart constantly. Don’t know what that means? It doesn’t matter - this is easy to do.

1. Open the Group Policy Editor by clicking on Start, and then Run (or WINKEY+R)

2. Type in gpedit.msc and hit enter

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3. In the left tree, navigate down through the following directories:

  • Local Computer Policy
  • Computer Configuration
  • Administrative Templates
  • Windows Components
  • Windows Update

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Two Methods for Stopping the Prompt

3. Now in the right pane, select one of the following [A] or [B]:

[A] No auto-restart for schedule Automatic Updates installations

Double click on this option and set it to enabled. Doing this will force the computer to wait until you restart the computer.

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[B] Re-prompt for restart with scheduled installations

Double click on this option and set it to enabled. Change the default value from 10 minutes to something a little longer.

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Now you wont be bugged so much!

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13 Responses to Disable Restart Now Message after Windows Updates in XP



This is exactly what I have been looking for, those restarts drive me nuts. I do not seem to be able to follow this method. When I type in gpedit.msc I get a message informing me that the file cannot be found. Is this a case of Bill Gates being one step ahead of me?



What version of Windows are you using? Some versions don’t come with Group Policy Editor


Warren K

Love the site, keep it up.



Thank you!!! This drives me crazy


Sai Htaung Kham

Love this site so much..!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)



YES!!! These prompts are SO annoying. Thank you!



Many thanks for this topic! It helped me alot! :)


john l

I think for this entry to be valid you should point out that this only works with XP Pro and not XP Home that the majority of people have. There are so many of these tips that fail to give this information which causes concern amongst people that there is something wrong with their computers when it is simply the fact that they don’t have the version of XP needed.



Thanks for pointing that out John. I’ve modified the article :)



Thanks for this one. It solved the annoyance of all annoyances in Windows XP, and the competition for that is, as we all know, harsh



Thanks! Well done!



Did Microsoft remove access to this in SP3 or something? It’s not in my list now and I keep getting the restart messages.

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