Windows Update Enable or Disable Auto-restart Notifications for Windows Update in Windows 11


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Windows Update keeps Windows 11 updated by automatically downloading and installing the latest updates, drivers, and hotfixes released by Microsoft.

You can turn on or off to show a notification when your device requires a restart to finish updating.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable showing auto-restart notifications for Windows Update in Windows 11.


Contents

  • Option One: Turn On or Off Auto-restart Notifications for Windows Update in Settings
  • Option Two: Turn On or Off Auto-restart Notifications for Windows Update using REG file
  • Option Three: Enable or Disable Auto-restart Notifications for Windows Update in Local Group Policy Editor
  • Option Four: Enable or Disable Auto-restart Notifications for Windows Update using REG file


EXAMPLE: Windows Update auto-restart notifications

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Option One

Turn On or Off Auto-restart Notifications for Windows Update in Settings


1 Open Settings (Win+I).

2 Click/tap on Windows Update on the left side, and click/tap on Advanced options on the right side. (see screenshot below)


Windows_Update_auto-restart_notifications_Settings-1.png

3 Turn On or Off (default) Notify me when a restart is required to finish updating for what you want. (see screenshot below)

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4 You can now close Settings if you like.




Option Two

Turn On or Off Auto-restart Notifications for Windows Update using REG file


You must be signed in as an administrator to use this option.


1 Do step 2 (on) or step 3 (off) below for what you would like to do.


 2. Turn On Auto-restart Notifications for Windows Update

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.​

Turn_on_auto-restart_notifications_for_Windows_Update.reg


(Contents of REG file for reference)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\WindowsUpdate\UX\Settings]
"RestartNotificationsAllowed2"=dword:00000001


 3. Turn Off Auto-restart Notifications for Windows Update

This is the default setting


A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.​

Turn_off_auto-restart_notifications_for_Windows_Update.reg


(Contents of REG file for reference)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\WindowsUpdate\UX\Settings]
"RestartNotificationsAllowed2"=dword:00000000

4 Save the REG file to your desktop.

5 Double click/tap on the downloaded REG file to merge it.

6 When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

7 You can now delete the downloaded REG file if you like.




Option Three

Enable or Disable Auto-restart Notifications for Windows Update in Local Group Policy Editor


You must be signed in as an administrator to use this option.

The Local Group Policy Editor is only available in the Windows 11 Pro, Enterprise, and Education editions.

All editions can use Option Four for the same policy.


1 Open the Local Group Policy Editor (gpedit.msc).

2 Navigate to the policy location below in the left pane of the Local Group Policy Editor. (see screenshot below)

Computer Configuration/Administrative Templates/Windows Components/Windows Update/Legacy Policies

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3 In the right pane of Legacy Policies in the Local Group Policy Editor, double click/tap on the Turn off auto-restart notifications for update installations policy to edit it. (see screenshot above)

4 Do step 5 (enable) or step 6 (disable) below for what you would like to do.

5 Enable Auto-restart Notifications for Windows Update

This is the default setting to allow using Option One and Option Two.


A) Select (dot) Not Configured, click/tap on OK, and go to step 7 below. (see screenshot below)​

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6 Disable Auto-restart Notifications for Windows Update

This will gray out and disable the Notify me when a restart is required to finish updating setting for Option One and Option Two.


A) Select (dot) Enabled, click/tap on OK, and go to step 7 below. (see screenshot below)​

Windows_Update_auto-restart_notifications_gpedit-3.png

7 You can now close the Local Group Policy Editor if you like.




Option Four

Enable or Disable Auto-restart Notifications for Windows Update using REG file


You must be signed in as an administrator to use this option.


1 Do step 2 (enable) or step 3 (disable) below for what you would like to do.


 2. Enable Auto-restart Notifications for Windows Update

This is the default setting to allow using Option One and Option Two.


A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.​

Enable_auto-restart_notifications_for_Windows_Update.reg


(Contents of REG file for reference)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate]
"SetAutoRestartNotificationDisable"=-


 3. Disable Auto-restart Notifications for Windows Update

This will gray out and disable the Notify me when a restart is required to finish updating setting for Option One and Option Two.


A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.​

Disable_auto-restart_notifications_for_Windows_Update.reg


(Contents of REG file for reference)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate]
"SetAutoRestartNotificationDisable"=dword:00000001

4 Save the REG file to your desktop.

5 Double click/tap on the downloaded REG file to merge it.

6 When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

7 You can now delete the downloaded REG file if you like.


That's it,
Shawn Brink


 

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