How can I prevent Windows 10 updates during business hours and more...

Hi all,

I have 2 questions:

How can I prevent Windows 10 updates during business hours

When update actually install AFTER business hours then I notice that in the morning (again IN business hours) the system gets started or rebooted by a user and Windows goes in to: finishing updates with the known progress indicator (percentages). So it seems to actually finish updates from the night before. This takes up a LOT of time during business hours. How can I make it happen that the whole update sequence happens (from start to finish) during NON business hours.
AgrippaSenior IT ConsultantAsked:
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
In Windows 10 Updates, Change Active Hours, set updates to happen after 6:00pm and before 6:00am and leave the machine turned ON but logged off. That will work and is how we do it at our clients.
AgrippaSenior IT ConsultantAuthor Commented:
Hi John,

Ok, but that logged off suggestion: does that make the: finishing updates happen? I mean: will (if nessesary) the system auto reboot?
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
If the systems are working properly, yes. The updates will happen, the restart will occur, and the system(s) will be fully ready in the morning.

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Tom CieslikIT EngineerCommented:
It's always better to set automatic updates policy in GPO, this way you can handle updates and schedule for all corporate computers.
When you'll make changes in GPO all computers in your organization will be working accordingly to your GPO settings
After hours or over the working hours does it make any difference for you? when users must restart the PC at the end to complete the updates.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
No. Windows will restart automatically. No user need . I have done this dozens of times . Hands free
John, the question was for Agrippa. In some environments restarting the PC automatically can be equal to formatting the DC system partition.
make sure you also set the windows 10 to be the business branch (less frequent updates compared to the home/retail user) also the updates pushed for these go through more stringent MS checks as they would not wish to have an adverse impact on a business...
look at all settings, system updates, advanced...
DonNetwork AdministratorCommented:
There's a good explanation of active hours and how to configure here
Some insight worth taken note of:

-finishing updates should not take "a lot of time". This should be a few minutes each month. If it seems like a lot more, then consider to look at the hard drives and eventually exchange them for SSDs. That makes a big difference.
-setting computers up for auto-reboot and finish updates is, from a security aspect, only recommendable under certain conditions: if you use disk encryption (which anyone should be using), you'd have to assure that the system can even reboot on its own without someone attending and entering a PIN/password. If you don't use disk encryption, setup the machine to do updates at a certain hour in the night and combine it with this GPO: "Enabling Windows Update Power Management to automatically wake up the system to install scheduled updates" so that you don't need to keep computers on all night (what a waste of energy!).
AgrippaSenior IT ConsultantAuthor Commented:
Thankx guys! I am going to try most of the mentioned options. Good stuff, lot of things I did not know.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Thank you and good luck with managing updates
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