How to force automatic restarts after important updates in Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012
A new feature is now available that lets you force automatic restarts to finish installing important updates, regardless of whether you are at the computer. You can change to this new restart behavior through the following new registry key value that was introduced in the April 2013 cumulative update (2822241).
Value data: 0 (default value) or 1 (force a restart)
To change the AlwaysAutoRebootAtScheduledTime registry key value to enable automatic Windows Update restarts, follow these steps:
- Install Windows Update 2822241.
For more information about how to obtain this cumulative update package, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:2822241 Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 cumulative update: April 2013
- Start Registry Editor. To do this, follow these steps:
- Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and then tap Search. Or, if you are using a mouse, point to the lower-right corner of the screen, and then click Search.
- In the search box, type regedit.exe.
- Tap or click the displayed regedit.exe icon.
- Locate the following registry subkey:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate\AU
- Swipe across or right-click AlwaysAutoRebootAtScheduledTime, and then tap or click Modify.
Note If the entry does not exist, follow these steps to add it:
- On the Edit menu, point to New, and then tap or click DWORD Value.
- Type AlwaysAutoRebootAtScheduledTime in the Name field, and then press Enter.
- In the Value data box, type 1.
- Tap or click OK.
- Exit Registry Editor.
Article ID: 2835627 - Last Review: 07/28/2016 02:41:00 - Revision: 4.0
- kbsurveynew kbexpertiseinter kbhowto KB2835627