Force Restart after Windows Updates in Windows 8

You might have noticed that when you install any Windows update or software the system asks your permission to restart in order to apply changes or to effect the changes. Have you ever wondered if your system would restart upon itself upon installing any software or update? Here is the tutorial how you can force automatic restart after Windows Updates.Force Restart Windows Updates Windows 8To force automatic restart after Windows Updates, Microsoft developed an update KB2822241 recently that will allow users to force automatic restart after Windows Update in systems running Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012. Users who have already installed the latest version of April 2013 Windows Updates, can find that this update has already been downloaded and installed on PC.

The essential features of this Update is as follows

This new updates upon installing in Windows 8 will notify you that you need to restart your system within 3 days by default, as installation of any important Windows Update require a restart. If you fail to do so in 3 days, Windows will start a 15 minute countdown and then automatically restart the system.

If the system is locked, then countdown starts when you sign in the next time. But, upon activating this new restart behavior makes Windows 8 to begin the countdown, even when the computer is locked and force the computer to restart, to complete the installation process of Windows Update, even though you are not present near to the system.

Force automatic restart after Windows Update in Windows 8

If you want to activate and use this new restart feature accompanied with the new update, follow the steps given below

  • Press Windows + R to open Run dialog box
  • Type in regedit and hit enter. It will open Registry Editor
  • Next, navigate to the following registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate\AU

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  • In the right pane, look for the option AlwaysAutoRebootAtScheduledTime DWORD. If it doesn’t exist, create one and assign it a value 1

That’s all. This will force a restart even when the computer is locked.

To undo the changes or disable the forced automatic restart, simply assign its value 0 or delete AlwaysAutoRebootAtScheduledTime.

Upon following the steps described above, you can now force restart your system automatically upon installation of Windows update in Windows 8.


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