MJ writes to us that her machine runs updates around lunch time and she keeps getting the prompt do you want to restart now?

Not only is it annoying – sometimes she clicks yes by accident and her whole world comes crashing down. (See the fix for this at the bottom of the post – not for the faint of heart or slow typers!!!)

Not only will we show you how to disable the automatic restart option after updates via Group Policy we will show you how to quickly cancel a reboot.

  1. Go to Start –> Run, type “gpedit.msc”.
  2. Go to Computer Configuration –> Administrative Templates –> Windows Components –> Windows Update.
  3. Look for option “No Auto Restart For Scheduled Automatic Update installation” and Enable that option.
  4. This will make sure that your computer is not rebooted automatically, instead it will just notify you for a reboot. It will be users choice as to when to reboot your computer
  5. If in case you want it to notify you again and again, after a specific interval of time, then look for option “Re-prompt for restart with scheduled installations”. Enable that option and specify the time.

Everything above is all easy, its just editing some policies which you can perform easily. [TechiesDen]

Now to cancel a reboot:

  1. Start
  2. Run
  3. Type Shutdown -a and hit enter

Thats it, that will cancel your impending doom if you hit it fast enough!