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Published on 06.20.09 by Brent Trahan

Disable the Install Updates and Shutdown Option

Learn how to manage whether the ‘Install Updates and Shut Down’ option is displayed in the Shutdown Windows dialog box in Windows 7.

If you enable this policy setting, ‘Install Updates and Shut Down’ will not appear as a choice in the Shut Down Windows dialog box, even if updates are available for installation when the user selects the Shut Down option in the Start menu.

If you disable or do not configure this policy setting, the ‘Install Updates and Shut Down’ option will be available in the Shut Down Windows dialog box if updates are available when the user selects the Shut Down option in the Start menu.

Disable the “Install Updates and Shutdown” Option

  1. Type gpedit.msc in the Start menu’s search box and then press Enter.

    Note: This guide shows you how to make changes to Windows 7 using Group Policy. Group Policy is not available in Home versions of Windows 7.

  2. Navigate to User Configuration, Administrative Templates, Windows Components, and then select Windows Update in the left column of the Group Policy editor.


  3. Double-click Do not display “Install Updates and Shut Down” option in Shut Down Windows dialog box in the Settings section of the Group Policy editor.
  4. Select Enable and then click OK to save the changes.


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  1. Roosevelt P says:

    Thanks man, it did the trick!

  2. Leslie Allard says:

    Do you have a link for the directions to do this in XP Pro? If I install the updates the macine locks up on restart Then I have to do a system restore from safemode. Is there a way to clear the cashe of updates? I think a system restore during a sypware removal may have caused the dilema. thanks

    • Supernova says:

      You can use the manual install updates in the control panel. Uncheck the update that is causing the problem. I know, it is hard to figure which update is the offending update, but this can work.

  3. dimitri says:

    Doesn’t work for Windows 7 home premium. Gpedit.msc is missing.

  4. ryeman says:

    thanks…it helped me a lot!!!

  5. Greg says:

    Great but I’m using home premium. Now what? I have this update that won’t install and I can’t shutdown because the morons at Microsoft don’t have a simple shutdown option.

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