In a previous how-to I showed how to do a registry hack that stopped the Windows Update from forcing a reboot of your computer. Another annoyance that is caused by the updater is the way that it can force you to complete updates when you want to shut the computer down.
Obviously this is a good thing to have, but sometimes you are in a rush and you would rather just shut down the computer and install the updates at a later time. The good news is that there is another registry hack that will stop the forced install on shutdown.
How to Remove the Update from the Shutdown Button
As always the first thing to do is to load up the Registry Editor. This can be done by typing in regedit.exe in the search box on the start menu. When the Registry Editor opens up work your way through the registry structure until you fine “HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate\AU” if it does not exist already then you will have to create it.
Once this is found or created then add a 32-bit DWORD value called NoAUAsDefaultShutdownOption and set the value to 1. There is no need to reboot as this change will take effect immediately. The next time you update Windows you will now find that you can shut down without the need to install the updates.
As always anytime you make changes to the registry you have to be confident in the changes that are made. If mistakes are made then this can damage Windows and stop it from working so if you are not confident in making these changes it is advisable not to do so. These registry hacks are provided as “nice to have” enhancements to Windows and a way to get rid of some of the annoying features that are built in. Also be aware that a lot of these hacks can actually be done through scripts that can be downloaded off the internet that will make the changes for you. Again though always be aware of the effect they will have on your Windows install.