Always automatically restart at the scheduled time

If you enable this policy a restart timer will always begin immediately after Windows Update installs important updates instead of first notifying users on the login screen for at least two days. The restart timer can be configured to start with any value from 15 to 180 minutes. When the timer runs out the restart will proceed even if the PC has signed-in users. If you disable or do not configure this policy Windows Update will not alter its restart behavior. If the “No auto-restart with logged on users for scheduled automatic updates installations” policy is enabled then this policy has no effect.

Additional Information

  1. Registry path is:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE -> Software -> Policies -> Microsoft -> Windows -> WindowsUpdate -> AU # AlwaysAutoRebootAtScheduledTime; HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE -> Software -> Policies -> Microsoft -> Windows -> WindowsUpdate -> AU # AlwaysAutoRebootAtScheduledTimeMinutes

  2. The Administrative Template path is:

    Windows Components -> Windows Update


* Making mistakes while changing registry values can affect your system adversely. We recommend you to create a System Restore point before making registry manipulation. If you're new to Registry Editor, read this beginner's guide.
** To locate the registry and administrative template path, checkout beginner's guide.
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