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How to Stop Windows 8 rebooting after update

by Hassan Mujtaba
Prevent Automatic Reboot Windows 8

Windows 8 users already know that the Windows 8 updates are automatically installed. Whenever the new update arrives you can extend the time of update but can’t cancel it. And when you turn on or off the PC may be the Windows will automatically start updating. That’s a good and bad thing at the same time. Many users criticize the automatic update but some appreciate it. The thing which is disgusting is the automatic reboot when you are doing work.

Even on minor updates the Windows 8 rebooted to apply the update changes. The automatic reboot can result in the loss of your current work. And it happens with many Windows 8 users including our team members. We may turn off the Windows 8 automatic update. But, atleast we can stop the Automatic Reboot for Windows 8 after the update. Yes! WindowsBoy is on job and here we will let you get rid of Windows 8 automatic rebooting after an update.

How to prevent Windows 8 from rebooting after update:

There is the various method by which you can force stop rebooting in Windows 8. Choose the one which is understandable for you although all procedures are easy to follow.

Prevent Automatic Reboot Windows 8

Disable automatic reboot through Group Policy:

  • Press the Win+R button to run the dialog box on your Windows 8 device.
  • Type the “gpedit.msc” in the Dialog box and click “ok”.
  • On the appeared Windows go to path “Configuration > Administrative Template > Windows Component > Windows Update”.
  • Click on the section dubbed as “No auto-restart with logged on users for scheduled automatic updates installations”.
  • Click on Enable, that’s it. Now your computer will not be restarted after the Windows 8 update.

Through Registry Editor: 

  1. Press Win+R keys to open the Dialog Box.
  2. Type Regedit on the search and click on OK.
  3. Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows.
  4. Right-click on Windows select “new” and pick “key”.
  5. Name the new key WindowsUpdate.disable automatic reboot
  6. Now, right-click on the recently created WindowsUpdate select “new” and pick “key”.
  7. Names the new key as AU.
  8. Go to the right panel, right-click on any empty space.
  9. Select “new” followed by “DWORD Value”.
  10. Now, under “default” you should have listed the NoAutoRebootWithLoggedOnUsers key.
  11. Right-click on the REG_DWORD type and on the “value data” section enter “1”.
  12. Click “ok”, save your changes
  13. Reboot your Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 device.


These were the most authentic procedures to block the automatic rebooting of Windows 8 after an update. There is a tool known as Reboot Blocker and many people use it. But, to be honest that tool doesn’t work as it sounds. It just reschedules the updates and set the time in nonworking hours. The above methods are enough that you don’t need to download any software.

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