Windows Automatic Restart: Process Shutdown Methodology

The Windows operating system, in its tenth variation, is one of the most popular products from Microsoft, which is currently being used by many users, due to improved technological developments and expanded opportunities for the consumer. Despite the high rating indicators, the software product, like other tools of this class, has certain disadvantages. One of the unpleasant moments for the user is a spontaneous reboot of the laptop, after installing updates by the operating system, which the PC owner often does not even suspect. Although an automated reboot is often carried out by the system at a time when the user is not “sitting” at the computer, often this process provokes the loss of certain important data or the inability to complete a specific job in an urgent way. The article will look at how to deal with a conditioned problem, and whether it is possible to block this process without disturbing the functionality of the operating system.

Disable the process of automatically restarting Windows.

OS Restart Setup

The situation with the restarting of the laptop, working on the basis of Windows 10, refers to the standard procedures, provided by the developers, with the goal of the process is the installation and the entry into force of the system updates. This process can be attributed to the necessary and important for the system, if not restarting the computer at a time when the user "moved away", for example, for lunch, or was distracted for a while, without saving important data, or not completing all the tasks performed. For the Seven, unlike subsequent OS versions, inclusive with Windows 10, a spontaneous restart of the system is also possible, however, often the computer device restarts when a certain kind of error occurs, in order to eliminate it, which is justified by the result in eliminating the problem.

Naturally, the question of how to disable the automatic restart of a computer running Windows 10 is relevant on the network, and many are looking for alternative-class solutions that do not involve refusing to install the actual updates required for comfortable operation of the system. Class affiliation of the process does not allow to cope with the problem as easily as, for example, on Windows 7, where to complete the task, just go into the properties of the system and remove the automatic restart of the PC, which involves finding alternative solutions to the problem.

One of the methods to preserve the functionality of the OS, however, to protect yourself and your PC from reboots in unplanned time, is the option of setting up time intervals during which the conditional operation will not be performed. For the implementation of the procedure, you must call, through the "Start", or by pressing the combination of the WIN and I buttons, the "Options" menu, where the Update and Security task registry will open. In this category, by pressing the right key of the manipulator, you need to activate the “Windows Update” position, after which the “Update Options” will become available. Further in the section "Change the period of activity" set the time period, with a maximum gap, a valid structure, twelve hours, in which the system will not reboot. This period should coincide with the hours when the user regularly works on a PC. After the introduction of changes, a spontaneous reboot will not be completely disabled, however, by such manipulations, the user will be able to coordinate the installation of updates, with a focus on a convenient time.

Pay attention to the section “Restart Settings”: the ability to customize this option will be available only in a situation when the system has already downloaded updates and “scheduled” to restart the PC. In this section, the user can transfer a scheduled reboot of the laptop to a different time convenient for him, provided that the PC is connected to a power source within a specified time. If this option, with a temporary restriction on restarting the PC, is unacceptable to you, then remove the conditional function using one of the following methods that relate to radical methods of solving the problem, answer the question of how to disable the automatic restart of the computer device on a regular basis.

Block the restart of the PC system tools

The process of making changes, which would result in disabling the option of automatically restarting Windows 10, will vary directly from the criterion, an operation is performed on a home laptop or on a PC operated under group policy. The first option, with the home OS Windows 10, provides for the use of registry editor features. To prevent the automatic restart of Windows forever, you will need to perform the following manipulations in a stipulated order:

  1. Open the "Registry Editor", the path to which should be through the "Run" window, caused by the combination of the keys WIN and R, where the REGEDIT directive is entered in the command line.
  2. Expand the HKLM section, and then go to SOFTWARE / Policies / Microsoft / Windows / WindowsUpdate.
  3. In the WindowsUpdate section open the AU logger. If such a folder is not in the directory, then you will need to create it.
  4. After opening the folder, the user, in the right pane of the registry, needs to create a DWORD object, giving it the name NoAutoRebootWithLoggedOnUsers.
  5. The created element is opened by double-clicking the right key of the manipulator, and in the line “Value” put down the number “one”.
  6. Confirm the corrections by pressing the OK command, and then close the object.

Modifications are activated automatically, without the need to force restart the computer device. After the executed manipulations, automatic, not always timely, restart of Windows will no longer annoy the PC owner. In turn, this solution to the problem implies a concern about errors, which, when automatically updating the software and quickly installing it, are practically excluded, which cannot be asserted against the background of the process blocking.

When there is a need to disable the conditional function on corporate versions of the OS, the Group Policy Editor is used as a tool for making changes. To do this, similarly to the previous version, open the "Run" window, and enter the gpedit.msc installation on the command line. Then go from the “PC Configuration” item to the “Administrative Templates” section, where you need to select “Windows Components”. After that, it remains only to find the Windows Update position in the catalog, click on it with the manipulator, where in the Status section, displayed in the right-hand pane of the registry, expand the Do not automatically restart ... property, and activate the task by ticking the box “Enabled”, with obligatory confirmation of changes with the “OK” button. The performed manipulations will allow you to avoid rebooting the PC while you are in the system at least one account user. Both in the first and in the second case, the result is 100%, however, after the operation is completed, the user must be prepared that in the event of an error he will have to respond to the system request to reboot with a positive decision.

Disable reboots through the Task Scheduler tool

Solving the problem of how to disable automatic restart of Windows 10 or 8, you can use the Task Scheduler resources, which is a worthy tool in terms of functionality, however, it is rarely used even by experienced PC users. Before disabling automatic rebooting through the task scheduler, it is important for the user to realize the responsibility for the performed manipulations: the result will entail not only blocking the PC restart, but also canceling updates in the system. This further provides for the correct operation of the system and its important components, the need to manually launch new versions of programs and applications.

The scheduler is called by means of the “Run” menu already mentioned in the article, by writing the phrase Control schedtasks in a line for commands. Next, in the Task Scheduler window that opens, you will need to go to the registry called “Task Scheduler Library” in which to expand the Microsoft folder. After that, go to the Windows item: in the “ten”, the user-requested folder is named UpdateOrchestrator. It is necessary to open its contents, selecting the folder with the mouse, in the window on the right to find the Reboot task, which translates as “reboot”, and right-click the manipulator to call the drop-down list, in which to select the “Disable” item.

In the "eight", to find the "Library", you need to follow the following course: from the "Control Panel" go to the items "System and Security" and "Schedule the tasks". From the "Task Planning Library" proceed to the Microsoft folder, from which go to the Windows point, where you can open the TaskScheduler registry. Further in the right pane of the window, it remains to apply the “Cancel” command to the item Regular Maintenance, which, in translation, sounds like “Planned maintenance”. After the executed manipulations, the automatic restart of the computer will be blocked, and the use of the “Scheduler” is relevant both for PCs operating on Windows 10 and gives a 100% result when solving a problem on the device with the installed Windows 8 or 8.1 operating system.


If auto-restarting of the PC knocks out of the rut, delivers certain inconveniences, the user has to look for ways to combat this problem. The article proposed several methods that provide for a temporary or absolute shutdown of the problem process. Using any of them, the user will be able to cope with the precedent. When you decide to block an automatic restart, remember that any unauthorized interference with the PC operation has certain consequences: as a result of using the methods described in the article for positioning the absolute shutdown of spontaneous reboots, the consumer will have a new inconvenience, namely, the need for regular updating of the system by manual method.