How to disable automatic reboot after updates installation in Windows 10

Windows 10 receives updates very often. About once a week it gets important fixes and patches requiring a system reboot to be installed. By default Windows 10 is configured to reboot automatically for the installation of important updates. But this can cause inconveniences to you. Perhaps, you don’t want to waste your time waiting until the update installation finishes and want to work on your PC right now. So here are all possible methods to disable automatic reboot after updates installation in Windows 10. Besides that we will show how to configure the auto-reboot without turning off this option. 

How to turn off auto-reboot in Settings App

This method allows you to choose time when you don’t want your PC to be rebooted in any case. But nevertheless your PC will be able to reboot to install updates when active hours end.

settings set up active hours windows 10

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Click on Update and security.
  3. Click on Active Hours and specify when you don’t want your PC to reboot. active hours
  4. If the restart has already been planned, you can also click on Restart Options and modify the restart time and postpone updates installation in such a way: restart options

How to disable off automatic reboot using the Task Scheduler

One more way to disable auto-restart after installing updates is to disable the task in the Task Scheduler:

  1. Launch the Task Scheduler.
  2. Go to Task Scheduler Library/Microsoft/Windows/Update Orchestrator.
  3. Right-click on the task named Reboot.
  4. Select Disable:

disable task reboot in Task Scheduler

How to disable automatic restart for installation of updates using the Group Policy

Here is one more method to completely turn off auto-reboot for installing updates in Windows 10.

It works for Windows 10 Pro and Enterprise.

  1. Press Win+R.
  2. Type gpedit.msc: gpedit-msc
  3. Go to Computer Configuration/Administrative Templates/Windows Components/Windows Update.
  4. Double-click on No auto restart with loggedon users for scheduled automatic updates installationsNo auto restart with loggedon users for scheduled automatic updates installations
  5. Select Enabled and click OKno auto-restart enabled

How to disable auto matic reboot after the installation of updates using the Registry editor

This method works in all editions of Windows 10. So you can use it to disable automatic restart for installing updates even in Windows 10 Home.

  1. Launch the registry editor:
  2. Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate\AU
    If you don’t have the AU key, create it in the WindowsUpdatecreate new key in registry
  3. Create a new DWORD-32 value.
  4. Name it NoAutoRebootWithLoggedOnUsers.
  5. Double-click it, type 1 and click OKturn off auto restart for updates installation in Windows 10

After you have disabled auto-restart you will decide when you wish to reboot or shut down and install updates. You will be able to choose: Update and shut down or Update and restart:

update and restart update and shutdown

Hopefully these methods will help you to disable automatic restart in Windows 10.

16 comments

  1. so i went to get a coffee, came back and win10 rebooted again, 3 days in a row now….WITHOUT ASKING, again!!! i got super pissed and contacted windows to give them shit, and they had me do this fix – they said it would disable the automatic update and reboot crap for Win10 Home…

    Windows key +R
    type services.msc
    Windows Update
    right click on it, Properties
    Startup Type – change to Disable
    – do the same for Windows Installer (may be grayed out, if so then skip it)
    – do the same for Cryptographic Services
    – do the same for same for Background Intelligent – was Automatic (Delayed Start), now disabled
    Now go to Windows menu, Settings > Update & Security > and click Advance options, make sure everything is unchecked.

    So now we have completely disabled the automatic Windows updates, if you want to update win10 home, you will need to do it manually by going here and hitting that “Check for updates” button. Only then will it download the updates, install and reboot (not sure if it will ask, no new updates as it just rebooted 2 hrs ago)

    Hopefully this fix works permanently as the win tech said it would, but i’ll update you guys if it doesn’t.

    1. Did disable the automatic update solution work permanently for you? I am angry about it auto restarting too, I am using Windows 10 Home 64bit.

      Thanks.

    2. I tried both the things this webpage suggested and your post and yet again, Windows 10 became sentient and defied my orders to never restart. It’s things like this that make me regret upgrading. By far, the most defiant OS I’ve ever had.

    3. Hi ‘CrookedNinja’ Just followed your instructions. Now to see if it works or not. Thanks in advance if it does. There would not be any need for this rubbish if only Microsoft would just show a little respect and give us the option to download and reboot. I only downloaded Windows 10 because they hassled me non stop to get it. I was thinking of going back to Windows 7 or 8. Oh well we’ll see what happens. Ciao!

  2. This sh** happened to me too. All my new Visio drawings are gone and Visio 2016 doesn’t keep any temporary files after the automatic reboot…… Microsoft is so stupid that it thinks cyber security is more harmful than directly destroying your work.

  3. This is so crap! Windows stops (crash) my VMWare clients! My web-sites and other services is then down! 🙁

        1. Man shut up no it doesn’t. Patches come once a month, this will stop the auto reboot following install.

          1. No they don’t. Patch Tuesday still happens the first and third Tuesday of the month, but for Windows 10 they push out plenty of updates outside of those days. Get your facts straight or don’t comment at all.

  4. 2 days long scan of a 3tb disk with testdisk ruined when at 90% thanks to the stupid tecnofascist attitude of microsoft forcing a restart without my consent. Congratz.

    I dont have issues with updates at any time as long as pc wont restart to apply them at all until i manually restart the pc.

  5. Seems on my install of windows 10, they eliminated the pulldown under settings, windows update, advanced options that is *supposed* to allow you to easily configure not to reboot. Bastards.

    Then I tried adjusting the active hours, hoping maybe I can make it a full 24 hour active period, but seems it doesn’t actually allow me to make changes to the default 8am-5pm hours. As soon as you hit “save”, it jumps back to the default. Bastards again.

    Then I figured, let’s cut to the chase and try editing the registry as per described in this article.
    …but guess what ? My registry dosn’t have the “Windows Update” key. Bastards.

    Finally, I tried the final 2 recommended techniques : The task scheduler approach, and the group policy edit. Group policy didn’t work because “gpedit.msc” wasn’t found on my PC.

    However, the the only one that appeared to work as outlined was the task scheduler approach.
    I set it according to the specifications in this article, and now I wait.. and pray. Hopefully it actually works…

    MS makes this sooo difficult.

    I may have the best story on updates.
    My wife and I were traveling to Taiwan for non-business reasons.
    Something critical came up where she neded to get online with her laptop.
    So we bught a slow, limited data, sim card for her phone, and tethered so her laptop could get online for a short period and get what she needed to done.

    Shortly after we got it all working and she began her work, she went to use the bathroom. Came back, and found that windows decided to do an upgrade from the originally installed version (maybe windows 8 ?) to windows 10.

    Fearful what would happen if we stopped it mid stream, we literally had to go back to the hone store, and purchase additional data for the plan, so the stupid upgrade can finish. It took all day to download windows 10 on the slow connection.
    We intentionally hadn’t upgraded her laptop before this, but now to be forced, while abroad, on a slow, costly data tethered connection ?
    Can’t MS at least check your IP location and have the smarts to figure out your traveling, especially, out of the country windows in registered in, and not do such stuff ?

    And the crappy result of all this is that windows 10 doesn’t even function correctly on her laptop.
    The screen brightness now randomly gets bright and then dim when it’s not supposed to, and the manual override no longer affects the physical brightness.
    I spent a few hours trying to reload driver for it, and gave up.

    heh…

  6. If you are attempting to use the “How to disable automatic restart for installation of updates using the Group Policy” procedure shown above, you need to read down to the end of the dialogue in the “No auto restart with loggedon users for scheduled automatic updates installations” where it reads:
    Note: This policy applies only when Automatic Updates is configured to perform scheduled installations of updates. If the “Configure Automatic Updates” policy is disabled, this policy has no effect.

    So, after performing the disable operation, go up several lines in the same Templates page to the template titled “Configure Automatic Updates”
    Double Click the template
    Enable the operation
    The default setting is option 3 (download and notify)
    the options are located in a drop down on the left side of the template, you have all of the options that you are familiar with from previous Windows versions available.

  7. They should shoot the guy that invented Windows 10 autorestart.
    Windows should tell me it wants to restart and I should give my permission. This is the best and only way it should be done.
    Just f….. up a 3D print thanks to auto-restart…
    *surprise*: People use their computer for more things than surfing and watching videos.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.