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Windows 7 - How to Stop Auto-Update from Restarting Your Computer

The automatic update feature is an important part of the Windows 7 operating system. This feature allows your computer to connect to the Windows Update site and download critical patches and updates automatically, which in turn helps to keep your PC protected from dangerous malware and software threats.

There is, however, one feature of the automatic updates feature that really disturbs many users. By default, your computer will be restarted after the updates are complete, and that can be a problem if you have documents and programs open.

Fortunately, you can turn off that feature and keep your computer up and running even after all of your patches and updates have been applied. Just follow these steps to switch to a manual restart.
1. Click the Start button on your Windows 7 computer. Go to the search box and type gpedit.msc. Press Enter to start the Group Policy Editor window.
2. Go to the left side of the Group Policy Editor window and click on Computer Configuration. Choose the Administrative Templates option and go to Windows Components.
3. Scroll down until you see the Windows Updates option. Locate the option that says "No auto-restart with logged on users for scheduled automatic update installations." Double-click that option and change the setting to Enabled. Click OK to accept your settings change.


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