Disable Automatic Reboot After Updates Installation

I want to inform you that Windows 10 and 2016 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 and 2016 is configured to reboot automatically for the installation of important updates. But this can cause inconveniences to you.

However, you can disable automatic reboot after updates installation via Windows Update settings, TaskScheduler, Group Policy and Registry Editor.

  • 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.

      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.
      4. If the restart has already been planned, you can also click on Restart Options and modify the restart time and postpone updates installation.

  • 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.

  • 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:

Please follow the below mentioned steps on this server to verify the Group Policy setting from your side.

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

  • 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 WindowsUpdate).
      3. Create a new DWORD-32 value.
      4. Name it NoAutoRebootWithLoggedOnUsers.
      5. Double-click it, type 1 and click OK.

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.

Hopefully these methods will help you to disable automatic restart in Windows 10 and 2016.

Vikrant Wakchaure...

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