Remove Windows Update Requirement at Shutdown

by Eric Geier [Published on 10 Jan. 2012 / Last Updated on 10 Jan. 2012]

Prevent Windows from making you install Windows Updates at shutdown.

Windows Vista and 7 will sometimes force you to install Windows Updates when shutting down by removing the “Shutdown’ button and adding “Install Updates and then Shut Down computer”. However, you can ensure the plain “Shutdown” button will always appear by creating the following Registry entry:


Key: Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate\AU

DWORD Name: NoAUAsDefaultShutdownOption

DWORD Value: 1

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The Author — Eric Geier

Eric Geier (Dayton, Ohio) is a Freelance  Tech Writer and Author specializing in computer networking. He's also the Founder and Owner of NoWiresSecurity, which provides a hosted cloud-based RADIUS service to help businesses easily secure their Wi-Fi networks with the Enterprise (802.1X) mode of WPA/WPA2 security. He’s also the Founder and Owner of On Spot Techs, which provides on-site computer and technology services.

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