You’ve been toiling all day on a project using Windows 10. You have almost completed your work and step away from your computer. Unbeknownst to you, Windows has downloaded an update and has restarted your device automatically.
You come back to complete your work, only to walk away frustrated at your machine for restarting because you have lost all your work to the automatic restart.
If this sounds familiar to you, you’ve experienced the annoyance of a Windows 10 update restart. Although Windows 10 offers a lot of great features, its tendency to automatically reboot after updates are definitely not one of them.
Unfortunately, updates are critical to the security and performance of your computer. And if you don’t restart soon enough, your operating system will boot itself to finish updates. Not an ideal situation.
Microsoft took measures to make updating more convenient with the “Active Hours” feature to stop updates from installing while you are working on your device. But this won’t stop Windows from restarting during hours off. This is problematic if you like to leave your machine to complete tasks for an extended period.
How To Avoid Windows 10 Update Restart
Thankfully, there are a few workarounds that will allow you to take control of your OS and prevent Windows from rebooting on its own each time an update installs.
1. Using Task Scheduler
- Open Start and search for Task Scheduler. Click to open this tool
- Locate the Reboot task. right-click on it, and choose Disable.
Congratulations. After taking these two easy steps, Windows 10 will stop restarting after downloading and installing new updates.
Bear in mind that new updates won’t apply, and until you manually reboot your computer, future updates won’t install until you do.
Additionally, your computer may automatically re-enable the reboot task, which you can stop by:
- Pressing Windows key + R to open the Run command
- Type: “%windir%\System32\Tasks\Microsoft\Windows\UpdateOrchestrator” and hit OK
- Select the Reboot file that doesn’t have an extension.
- Right-Click, and choose Rename
- Rename the file to Reboot.old
- Right-click into the folder, choose New Folder
Now Windows 10 won’t be able to re-create the task to automatically reboot your computer.
2. Using Group Policy
This approach uses GPEDIT.MSC, which isn’t available in all versions of Windows 10.
- Press Windows + R to open the Run command and type GPEdit.msc
- In Computer Configuration, unfold Administrative Templates, then unfold Windows Components
- Unfold Options 2-3
- Select the Windows Update folder
- Double-click No Auto-Restart with logged on users for scheduled automatic update installations
- Select Enabled
- Click Okay
- Close the editor
- Reboot the Settings ##Using Windows 10 Settings##
- Search for Settings and select it
- Click on the Update and Security tab
- Choose Advanced options at the bottom of the window
- Look for the button that says: “We’ll show a reminder when we are ready to restart. If you want to see more notifications about restarting, turn this on.”
- Select On.
This will stop Windows 10 from restarting after updates automatically. Any of these approaches will prevent windows from restarting automatically after updating, so choose the one you feel most comfortable with.
If you are having computer problems that you can’t solve on your own, like hardware issues or the need for an operating system reinstall, it might be time to contact a computer repair store. Experts at a local third-party repair shop can get your machine up and running in no time.