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Mon, Apr 20, 2015 10:53 pm

Disabling Automatic Restart for Windows Server 2012 Essentials

As with other verions of Microsoft Windows, such as Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, you may find Microsoft Windows Server 2012 and the Windows Server 2012 Essentials edition rebooting the system at inopportune times for updates. You can temporarily delay the shutdown by issuing the command net stop "windows update" at a command prompt. Note: you need to open an admin command prompt to do so, which you can do by moving the mouse pointer to the lower, left-hand corner of the screen, then right-clicking on the Start button when it appears and choosing Command Prompt (Admin). But that wil only postpone the reboot, because Windows will later restart the service on its own, even if you don't reboot. You can determine if it has restarted by reissuing the command. You will see a message "The Windows Update service is not started", if it isn't running.

You can pemanently disable the automatic restart by changing the group policy for the system by running gpedit.msc, which you can run by issuing the command gpedit at a command prompt or by right-clicking on the Start button, choosing Run and then typing gpedit.msc and hitting Enter. When the Local Group Policy Editor window opens, navigate to Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Update. In the right pane of the window, you will see "No auto-restart with logged on users for scheduled automatic updates installations". Change the setting from "Not Configured" to "Enabled".

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