Another quick tip for tonight.
Sometimes, when you want to shutdown your computer you might notice that the shutdown button looks like this in Windows 7:
When pressed, this button will finish the installation of pending updates for Windows and then shutdown the computer. Sometimes, this isn’t convenient and if you have a habit of just hitting the shutdown button then your computer could take much longer to turn off than you would prefer.
Luckily, there is a registry hack you can undertake to stop this from happening by doing the following:
- Click “Start”,
- Type in “regedit” then press Enter,
- Browse to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate\AU (creating the necessary keys if they don’t exist),
- Create a 32-bit DWORD value called “NoAUAsDefaultShutdownOption” and once created double click on it and type in “1” as the value,
- Click “OK” and close the Registry Editor.
Windows should now leave your shutdown button alone from now on.