How to stop updates from automatically restarting Windows 8 [Guide]

Sometimes it’s really irritating when Windows restarts after installing an update and you might lose your data . However there’s a workaround that prevents windows from restarting after an update . This option is built inside windows and doesn’t require any special software to do the task . Follow the steps mentioned below to find out the method .


You need Windows 8 Pro for this trick to work, as gpedit.msc can only be found in Windows 8 Pro.

How to stop automatic restart when updating Windows 8

Step 1 : Press Windows Logo + R to bring up the run command .

Step 2 : Type in gpedit.msc and press open .

Step 3 : A new windows called “Local Group Policy Editor” opens . Go to the following directory :

Computer Configuraton>>Administrative Templates>>Windows Components>>Windows Update

Step 4 : Once you open Windows Update , you’ll see a list of policies located on the right side . Find and double click the following policy :

No auto-restart with logged on users for scheduled automatica updates installations


Step 5 : Once open , select “Enabled” and click Ok . You’re all done now!



If you follow the steps above properly , Windows will not restart automatically upon your next update . Enjoy !

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  • sgrams

    Is this the same thing to stop auto updating?

    I want the updates but only when I am ready for them

  • FYI

    FYI, it won’t always give you notification, that’s complete rubbish.

  • windows8migration

    I too undergone this situation.Thank you for the post.Its very helpful.Windows 8 Update

  • Mike S.

    [@Ed] Likewise with Win8 (or something similar), if I recall correctly.

  • Mike S.

    [@check] Go to Windows Updates and turn them off (or change the setting to “download but do not install”).

  • check

    I’m going on holiday. Want to leave my pc on for remote access. How can I stop all updates so that my pc remains responsive while I’m away?

  • Ed

    Unlike Windows 7 that will automatically restart in 4 hours after a Windows update without notification. Windows 8.1 will give you notification that it will restart in one day if you do not restart it after a Windows update. With that kind of warning if you lose any data then it’s just completely your fault.