Disable Automatic Restart in Windows® 7
Tips on Windows 7 Automatic restart
Automatic restart of a system is very irritating while we are doing some things in our system and the only way for stopping the restart is by disabling the feature. An automatic restart will occur in Windows 7 due to many reasons. Windows 7 will restart automatically after the Windows update. Once the Windows update is finished it will prompt the user to restart the computer and if the user ignores it, the system will get automatically restarted after 15 minutes (default time limit). Another reason for automatic restart is virus attack in the Windows 7 system. Also a Windows 7 system will get restarted automatically after a system crash or blue screen of death error. Only if we disable the automatic restart feature for the BSOD error, we will be able to view the error code and take necessary steps to fix the issue. Sometimes the users have to restart the system by themselves to recover from the error. However the Windows 7 computer is built with a feature to disable the automatic restart, so that the user can disable the automatic restart option easily.
Discussed below are some ways to disable the automatic restart in Windows 7:
- Disabling restart after BSOD
- Disabling restart using group policy editor
- Disabling through registry
Disabling restart after BSOD
You can easily disable the automatic restart that might happen after the BSOD error to get the exact error code. For that click on 'Start' button and go to 'Control panel'. Now click on 'System and security' and on the 'System' link. Then select the 'Advanced system settings' link from the left pane. Click on 'Settings' button in 'Start up and recovery'. Take off the check mark from the check box near 'Automatic restart'. Click 'Ok' for closing both windows.
Disabling restart using group policy editor
For disabling auto restart after Windows update using group policy editor, type 'gpedit.msc' in the search box in the 'Start' button of Windows 7 and press 'Enter' key. This will launch the local group policy editor. Now expand the computer configuration, administrative templates and Windows components which are shown on the left side of the group policy editor. Then select the Windows update. Double click on the option "No auto-restart with logged on users for scheduled automatic updates installations" and change the option to 'Enabled' from 'Not configured' and click on 'Ok'. Then close the group policy editor.
You may also disable the automatic restart after Windows update using the registry. For disabling the automatic restart through registry, the users have to edit the registry files. But this is a risky process because a simple mistake can lead to permanent issue with the computer. So it is highly recommended for advanced users or technicians. Also back up the registry before doing any such activities.
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