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How to turn off automatic reboot after updates in Windows 10

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If automatic restarting after installing the latest Windows 10 updates is bothering you, a few simple tips will help you.

Windows 10 loves to reboot after installing the latest updates. The system does not take into account user activity or automatic computer occupancy by any task. Think of the case of a professional Counter-Strike: Global Offensive player Eric Flom, whose broadcast was disrupted by a forced reboot of the system.

Windows 10 updates are required. But the user can influence the situation:

  • You can pause updates when they are downloaded and installed, but it will be difficult to keep track of when the system starts updating. This option is not very convenient.
  • You can set the operating system at a time at which it will not initiate a computer restart.

Change the period of using a computer

The easiest solution to manage the computer reboot time is to set an activity period. The period of activity allows you to set the time period in which the user uses the computer.

Activity period setting

1. Open the Start menu.

2. Click on the “Settings” gear icon.

3. Select “Update and Security”, “Windows Update” will open.

4. Find the column “Change the period of activity”, set the period of time in which you are usually at the computer.

By default, the maximum length of the set time period is 12 hours, but if the operating system participates in the Windows Insider program, then the interval is 18 hours.

After saving the values, a reboot may be required.

Change reboot time

Even in the “Windows Update” you can set the system restart options, which allow you to set the time and day of the reboot. But it’s not so simple:

  • You can configure a system restart only when the computer needs a reboot, that is, it is going to install the update.
  • The option is deeply hidden, and it is impossible to configure it for permanent use.
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Still, this feature is useful. For example, if you saw that the computer is going to restart, and the work is not finished yet, go to “Restart Settings” and specify the desired time and day of the system update. To do this, repeat the first three points from the activity period setup guide and click on “Restart Settings”.

In the additional settings of Windows Update, you can check the box “Use my login information to automatically complete the device configuration after the update”. This parameter is used to ensure that the operating system updates itself and applies the changes without user intervention.

Disabling reboot via task scheduler

If you do not have a stable schedule for working with a computer or you have been sitting at it for more than 12 hours, and there is no desire to install unstable assemblies of Windows Insider, then you will need to use the Windows task scheduler.

Task Scheduler can be opened in many ways, but we will focus on the most popular.

The first way. Right-click on the Start menu. Find the “Control Panel” item. In the Control Panel, select the System and Security menu. Find the “Administration” submenu and click on “Task Schedule”. The task scheduler opens.

The second way. Right-click on the Start menu. Find “Computer Management” and select it. In the utilities, there is a submenu of the task scheduler.

The third way. The easiest way to find something on a computer is to use a search. Click on the magnifying glass icon in the task manager and enter the desired phrase.

1. In Task Scheduler, open the task library, select the Windows folder and look for UpdateOrchestrator.

2. A  list of files responsible for event triggers appears.

3. Find the Reboot item, right-click on it and change the status to “Disable”.

Most likely, this will solve the problem of an automatic restart of Windows 10. Note that sometimes the system will re-set the status to “Active”. Then you will need to repeat the procedure.

Disabling reboot by replacing the file

If disabling rebooting through the task scheduler did not help, you can use another way.

1. Open Explorer and follow the path

2. Select the Reboot file, press the F2 key and rename the file to Reboot.bak.

3. Right-click on the free space of the window and create a folder. Press F2 and rename it to Reboot.

If you change your mind, you can always delete a new folder and rename Reboot.bak to Reboot.


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