Enabling auto-restart for Windows updates in Windows 2016 Standard

Hi,

I'm trying to schedule a typical time to reboot a Windows 2016 Standard server when it needs to apply updates.  In the Restart options under 'Schedule a time', its status is 'Off' and greyed out.

Anyone know what caused that and how to fix it?

Thanks!

--Ben
Ben ConnerCTO, SAS developerAsked:
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
You should be able to set the active hours.

However what you are trying to set IS greyed out. It does not become active until the system has a pending restart. Then you can change the options.
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Ben ConnerCTO, SAS developerAuthor Commented:
I did set the active hours.  I was hoping to have windows updates automatically applied and rebooting (if needed) occur shortly after midnight.  ?
Even odder is now I can't find the Windows Update icon, nor am I getting the Window popping up nagging me to apply them.  Hm...

--Ben
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Updates should be in the Settings button. Look also in Control Panel.

Try restarting the server as well.
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Ben ConnerCTO, SAS developerAuthor Commented:
Restarted it.  Still not in the Control Panel.  How do I get to Settings?
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Start, and then you should see the Settings Icon. Update is in there.
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Ben ConnerCTO, SAS developerAuthor Commented:
Hm.  Looks like I have bigger problems than I thought with this server.  The Windows key on the keyboard won't even work with it.  I'll close this question out and pose a different one that more accurately addresses the problem.

Thanks John!

--Ben
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Thanks - You should be able to do a non-destructive Repair Install on the Server and keep everything. You would need the Server install media for this.
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Ben ConnerCTO, SAS developerAuthor Commented:
Thanks, John.  Fortunately I have all the pieces, including media.  They're all VMs anyway so the ISO files work very well.  It is a production server facing the public so I will run through it with a clone first in a sandbox environment.
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