Ya, it’s very annoying, I agree. Every time when Windows has finished installing some updates, the all-knowing dialog pops asking you if you want to restart now or restart later for all changes to take effect. But what if I’m doing something and I can’t restart? It’s fine, says Windows, press “Restart Later”. Oh great, says the user, pressing joyfully on Restart Later. But what on earth…the dialog appears again after a short while, asking the user the same thing? Hey heyyyy….!
Ok, this is how we solve the delay of “Restart Later” after Automatic Updates and it’s rather simple. Automatic updates and that groovy dialog are both powered by the Automatic Updates service of course and we need to stop it. How we do that? Simple, Hit [Start] > [Run] and enter the following command: services.msc. Or if you’re not a commands fan, just right click on “My Computer” press “Manage” and select services from there. At this point, all you need to do is to locate the Automatic Updates service from that list and stop it via right click. The dialog won’t bother you again and upon restart, Automatic Updates will be started again automatically. Nice eh?