DISABLE: Restart Your Computer To Finish Installing Important Updates
If you are reading this page then you have probably been greeted by this every annoying Windows Update prompt: ‘Restart Your Computer To Finish Installing Important Updates’
Wouldn’t it be nice if we could get rid of this annoying prompt? Thankfully, we can with just a few simple steps:
#1 make sure the ‘Restart your computer…” prompt is not showing (i.e. ‘Postpone’ it for 4 hours)
#2 start the Windows
command prompt with administrative privileges
#3 run the following command:
net stop "windows update"
This stops the Windows Update service which means voila, no more annoying prompt!*
*NOTE: Upon a subsequent reboot, the Windows Update service will automatically start again. After which time if Windows eventually downloads more Updates requiring restarts, you will see the prompt again.
So, to summarize:
This tip will let you work at your computer in peace and wait as long as you want to reboot (without having that annoying prompt pop up every 4 hours!)
Upon reboot you should not have the popup (b/c the updates will have finally been installed when you manually rebooted) and the popup will only occur again when more updates are downloaded in the future. 🙂
I hope this all makes sense, it gets a bit hard to write out in a coherent way… so let me know in the comments if you have any questions!