Stop Windows Update rebooting your machine

Attention Microsoft, during development of Windows 7, when you all sat around a table discussing how to work the windows update portion, I would like the name of the person whose idea it was to make the update and reboot mandatory. I want to ask if they wrote in a little piece of code that makes sure you’re flat out busy when this box appears:

What kind of jackass makes a reboot mandatory? What’s wrong with waiting until I’m finished my work day? I’m struggling to put into words here the frustration this feature causes and the disbelief that you all decided that this was the best way forward.

Instead of hunting you all down one by one, I’ve gone with a different course of action, I fixed your screw up. For anyone who is interested, here is it is:

  1. Open a run command by pressing Windows Key + R
  2. Type regedit and hit enter, if you get a security warning just ok it
  3. Browse to the following string HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate\AU
  4. If you get as far as Windows and don’t see the rest of the string, right click and create them
  5. Create a new 32-bit DWORD value named NoAutoRebootWithLoggedOnUsers and give it a value of 1 to prevent automatic reboot while users are logged on
  6. If you want to disable this feature, just delete the value
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