Delaying/Scheduling Windows 10 Enterprise Automatic Updates

We have Group Policy configured to manage Windows Updates for the variety of Windows 7 and 10 Enterprise machines in our domain.  One of the big complaints from the Windows 10 users is that when updates are installed it forces a reboot of the machine whether they want to or not.  Since some users have laptops, they bring them in on Thursday mornings, fire them up and begin working only to find later that mandatory updates have been installed and the system will reboot in X minutes with no option to postpone.  This is a big annoyance especially when there are trying to begin a busy work day.

I have attached the configuration of the Windows Updates group policy.  You'll have to click it to make it readable.
Group policy settingsLooking at it, it seems like Windows 10 ignores some of these settings altogether and makes everything mandatory regardless.  If this is the case, would there be a way to reschedule the installation for Friday mornings somehow?  I honestly don't know why it picks Thursdays.  In an ideal world, I would like Windows 10 updates to occur on Fridays AND give the user the option to defer the reboot rather than making it mandatory and interrupting their workday.
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Steve BantzIT ManagerAsked:
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McKnifeCommented:
Please make sure to use win10 v1703 or later. That introduced new options that will make you feel more comfortable with updating. These GPOs are only available of course, if you use the newest ADMX in your central store or if you use RSAT to connect to your Group policy management, with RSAT started on v1703 or v1709.
I'll list some win10 exclusive policies, see if you have them
Select when Feature Updates are received
Select when Quality Updates are received
Do not include drivers with Windows Updates
Turn off auto-restart for updates during active hours
Specify deadline before auto-restart for update installation
Remove access to use all Windows Update features
Specify active hours range for auto-restarts
Configure auto-restart required notification for updates
Configure auto-restart reminder notifications for updates
Turn off auto-restart notifications for update installations
Configure auto-restart warning notifications schedule for updates
Specify Engaged restart transition and notification schedule for updates
Update Power Policy for Cart Restarts
Source: group policy reference excel sheet: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=25250
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Steve BantzIT ManagerAuthor Commented:
That helps a ton.  I was able to download the ADMX I needed and I will look through it.  I still need to make sure the clients are on v1703.

Let me ask you this.  Is there anything in my current GPO settings that would affect a Windows 7 Enterprise machine?  The user that is most annoyed by this has a Windows 7 Enterprise laptop and is one who is forced to reboot after updates are applied in the morning, driving him batty.  Even if it is something as simple as letting him postpone the reboot, that would be acceptable.  I am just not sure what setting makes it a mandatory reboot rather than one that can be postponed.
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McKnifeCommented:
For win7: "no reboot with logged on users"
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Steve BantzIT ManagerAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the tips!
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