Windows Update - Enable or Disable Start Menu Power Button Alert

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How to Enable or Disable Windows Update Start Menu Power Button Alert in Vista
Synopsis
This will show you how to enable or disable Windows Update from taking over and displaying the Install Updates and Shut down alert shield icon on the Start Menu power button, then installs the available Windows Update when you click on the power button instead. This is enabled by default in Vista.
How to Enable or Disable Windows Update Start Menu Power Button Alert in Vista

information   Information
This will show you how to enable or disable Windows Update from taking over and displaying the Install Updates and Shut down alert shield icon on the Start Menu power button, then installs the available Windows Update when you click on the power button instead. This is enabled by default in Vista.
Note   Note
If you wanted to keep the Windows Update alert icon shield on the Start Menu power button, but with the Start Menu power button you set instead of with Shut Down, then see: How to Add or Remove Install Updates and Shut Down to the Vista Start Menu instead.
warning   Warning
Disabling this option will prevent all Windows Update Install Updates and Shut down alert options from working in the Start Menu shutdown areas.


EXAMPLE: Start Menu Power Button with "Install Updates and Shut Down" Alert Enabled and Disabled
NOTE:
You will only see the Install Updates and Shut Down alert shield if there was an available Windows Update to install.
With_Alert_Shield.jpg Without_Alert_Shield.jpg




OPTION ONE
Through the Local Group Policy Editor

1. Open the all users, specific users or groups, or all users except administrators Local Group Policy Editor for how you want this policy applied.​
2. In the left pane, click on User Configuration, Administrative Templates, Windows Components, and Windows Update. (See screenshot below)​
Group_Policy.jpg

3. In the right pane, right click on Do not display 'Install Updates and Shut Down' option in Shut Down Windows dialog box and click on Properties. (See screenshot above)​
4. To Enable Install Updates and Shut Down Option
A) Select (dot) Disabled or Not Configured and click on OK. (See screenshot below 5A)​
B) Go to step 6.​

5. To Disable Install Updates and Shut Down Option
A) Select (dot) Enabled and click on OK.​
Properties.jpg

6. Close the Local Group Policy Editor window.​




OPTION TWO
Using a REG File Download

1. To Enable Install Updates and Shut Down Option
A) Click on the Download button below to download the file below.​
Enable_WU_PowerButton_Alert.reg
download

B) Go to step 3.​

2. To Disable Install Updates and Shut Down Option
A) Click on the Download button below to download the file below.​
Disable_WU_PowerButton_Alert.reg
download

3. Click on Save, and save the .reg file to the Desktop.​
4. Right click on the downloaded .reg file and click on Merge.​
5. Click on Run, Continue (UAC), Yes, and then OK when prompted.​
6. When done, you can delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.​
7. Log off and log on, or restart the computer to apply.​



OPTION THREE
Manually in Registry Editor

1. Open the Start Menu.​
2. In the white line (Start Search) area, type regedit and press Enter.​
3. Click on the Continue button in the UAC prompt.​
4. In regedit, go to: (See screenshot below)​
NOTE: If you do not have WindowsUpdate in the left pane, then right click on Windows and click on New and Key. Type WindowsUpdate and press Enter.​
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate
Reg1.jpg

5. To Disable Install Updates and Shut Down Option
A) In the left pane, right click on WindowsUpdate and click on New and Key. Type AU and press Enter. (See screenshot below)​
NOTE: If you already have AU in the left pane, then skip this step 5A and go to step 5B instead.​
Reg2.jpg

B) In the right pane of AU, right click on a empty space and click on New and DWORD (32-bit) Value. Type NoAUShutdownOption and press Enter. (See screenshot below)​
C) Right click on NoAUShutdownOption and click on Modify.​
Reg3.jpg

D) Type 1 and click on OK. (See screenshot below)​
Modify.jpg

E) The registry will now look like this. (See screenshot below)​
Reg4.jpg

F) Go to step 7.​

6. To Enable Install Updates and Shut Down Option
A) In the right pane, right click on NoAUShutdownOption and click on Delete. (See screenshot above)​
B) Click on Yes to confirm deletion.​

7. Close regedit.​
8. Log off and log on, or restart the computer to apply.​
That's it,
Shawn


 
Last edited:
Shawn Brink

Comments

Hi.
I've got the same problem.I've downloaded the program "REGEDIT".but it was no good.The Install Updates And Shut Down alert shield's still there!!!!!!!!!!I don't know whether the installation is incomplete or the Update,that keeps showing that!!!there's gotta be something wrong,right??
 
Hello Pcsience, and welcome to Vista Forums.

Try these reg files instead and please let me know if they work for you. They add the same settings as above to HKLM also. You will need to logoff and logon, or restart the computer afterwards.

View attachment Disable_Alert.reg < Click to Download

View attachment Enable_Alert.reg < Click to Download

If they still will not work, then this can be another option for you.

http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/163244-install-updates-shut-down-add-remove-start-menu.html

Hope this helps,
Shawn
 
It Worked......
heeeyyyyy...Thanks man.it worked.just one last question!!?if it starts to download updates again,will the alert shield icon appear again??I mean this registry completely disables the install update alert shield icon????cuz if it does,then that's another problem.
 
Pcsience,

Which item above worked for you, the new reg files or the alternative tutorial?

The Install Updates and Shut Down icon is disabled with either one of these for the Start menu power button.
 
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