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Sunday, October 17, 2010

Prevent Windows Automatic Updates from rebooting your computer

Here's how to prevent Automatic Update from rebooting your machine:
1. Start -> Run
2. Type: gpedit.msc (this will open the group policy editor)
3. In group policy editor choose one of these steps depending on your OS:
For Windows 2008/2003/2000 Server:
  • Expand Local Computer Policy / Computer Configuration / Administrative Templates / Windows Components / Windows Update
For Windows 7, Vista, XP or 2000:
  • Expand Local Computer Policy / Computer Configuration / Administrative Templates / Windows Components / Windows Update
4. Double-click "No auto-restart with logged on users for scheduled Automatic Updates installations"
5. Select "Enabled", then Apply/OK. Close the Group Policy configuration program.


Now as long as there is a user logged into the server, it will never automatically reboot after patches have been applied. For extra security as you will have a user logged in, I would suggest enabling the Windows screen saver with password prompt.

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