Windows 7 – Shutdown button changes to Install Updates and Shut Down

Filed under: Windows 7 

When Windows 7 downloads and installs updates, the shutdown button in the Start menu automatically changes to Install Updates and Shut Down. If you don’t like this behavios, and want the button to simply display the last used option, then there is a way to change this behavior in Windows 7.

This require you to change the Windows registry, so be sure to first make a backup of the registry, so you can restore that in case anything goes wrong, or you want to revert the change.

To change the behavior:

  1. Open the Registry Editor (type “regedit” in the Start search box and press Enter).
  2. In the registry editor, navigate to the following key:
    If it does not exist, create it, by using the the Edit -> New -> Key menu option.
  3. Now select the Edit -> New -> DWORD (32-bit) Value option.
  4. Enter NoAUAsDefaultShutdownOption as the name for the new entry.
  5. The value assigned to the new DWORD value should be 1.
    In case the value already exists, change the value from 0 to 1.
  6. Close the Registry Editor.

That is it. After the next Windows Update the Shutdown button will no longer be changed to the Install Updates and Shut Down option.

You can always still access the Install Updates and Shut Down option via the regular shutdown menu, since it will be the botton option in that menu. And if you do want the old behavior back, simply change the value from 1 to 0 again.

This registry change also applies to Vista, where the shutdown button is changed by Windows Update in the same way:

Shutdown button changes in Vista


5 Comments to “Windows 7 – Shutdown button changes to Install Updates and Shut Down”

  1. Rafael says:

    This is all well and fine, and it works, but there’s one problem: it exhibits the reverse behavior from XP; i.e. XP shows the “Install and shut down” button and gives you the option to shut down without installing, whereas this never informs you that there are updates to install, unless you look into the little menu. Is there a way to mimic XP’s default behavior in Windows 7 (which is to have the flyout menu include “Shut down without installing updates”)?

  2. peter says:

    for more information what is the program to backup the registry and how to do it thanks

  3. Omnarayanshukla says:

    my cam is not working ……….please solve my query

  4. Omnarayanshukla says:

    i have laptop vostro 1015

  5. Jules says:

    @ Omnarayanshukla – What is your Windows version? The Vostro 1015 has a Sonix webcam (assuming you mean the integrated webcam), so reinstalling the drivers for that might be the first step to fix your problem.
    The XP webcam driver for the Vostro 1015 can be downloaded from the Dell support site. For Vista and Windows 7 there is none, which generally means the device is directly supported by the operating system.

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