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.

2 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.

  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.

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