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Late last night I added some notes to a MS notepad document on a laptop, and I neglected to save. This morning, Microsoft rebooted my computer (for my safety) and once again I lost some valuable notes.

I remember writing about this once before before, so I looked through my own blog or reference of how to stop these irritating XP automatic reboots, and once I found the instructions, I saw that my directions were lacking info for people that might not know how to get to the “Group Policy Editor”.

So if you have Windows XP service pack 2  here is exactly how to stop this annoying Microsoft morning reboot after a Windows update:

First you have to start the group policy editor –

  • Start – Run – and type mmc – then hit Enter.
  • Go to File – Add/Remove Snap in and hit ADD. (in XP Pro SP3, I could not do this – see alternate instructions below the first photo)
  • Under Available Stand-alone Snap-ins, click Group Policy, and then click Add, then finish to edit your local machine.s browse to the Windows update section and make a change –

Simply browse under the local computer policy to this path – local computer policy\computer configuration\administrative templates\Windows components\Windows update.

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*Update 2/2010 In Windows XP Pro SP3, here are some different instructions:

  • In the Start Menu go to “Run”  then type “gpedit.msc” and press Enter
  • Group Policy opens
  • In that window, go to: Computer Configuration -> Administrative Template -> Windows Components -> Windows Update
  • Double click on “No auto-restart for scheduled Automatic Updates installations”
  • In the settings window Choose Enabled and click OK
  • Close Group Policy Editor

Change your “No auto restart for scheduled automatic update installations” to “Enabled” by double-clicking on it on the right side.  Save everything and reboot, and you’re good to go.

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(When you close the “group policy editor” it will ask you if you want to save and yes I did, with the default location and file name)

PS – While I was in there, I poked around hoping to enable something like “no crashing software while in use” but I couldn’t find it. If anyone knows where that is please let me know 😉

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