Stop Windows from rebooting after Updates

As all of us know that, some system updates require your PC to be restarted automatically after performing those update. This feature is indeed very useful because at times, an update tends to make a change in Windows registry file and this change is not possible to bring about without rebooting your PC. However, sometimes it gets really frustrating. You might be indulged in some important activity such as working on an office project, having a meeting with your boss on a video chat application, copying some files from a flash drive to your PC or submitting an online assignment.

In all such cases, if your PC is restarted automatically without notifying you, then it can prove to be troublesome for you. You can lose your important data, your image can be devastated, you may miss out a deadline and your time will also be wasted. To prevent this from happening, you can stop Windows 10 from rebooting after updates. In this article, we will explain to you the method through which you can prevent Windows 10 from restarting automatically after updates.

Stopping Windows 10 from Rebooting After Updates

For stopping Windows 10 from rebooting after updates, you need to perform the following steps:

Type Settings in the search section of your taskbar and click on the search results to launch a new settings screen. The newly opened settings window is shown in the image below:

Windows Settings

From the window shown above, click on Update and Security tab.

Settings > Update and Security tab

Now click on Advanced options shown at the bottom of the window.

Advanced options

As you can see from the picture shown above that the highlighted toggle button is currently set to the off state, which means that your Windows 10 will restart automatically after updates. To stop this from happening, just set this toggle button to the on state as shown in the image below:

Switch setting to on state

Now your Windows 10 will notify you before restarting your PC instead of restarting it automatically.

Conclusion

By following the method mentioned above, you can prevent your Windows 10 from rebooting your PC automatically after updates without your consent. Rather it will notify you before doing so, so that you can save all your important data before your PC is restarted. I hope this article will prove to be helpful for you.

How to Stop Windows 10 from Rebooting after Updates
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About the Author: Karim Buzdar holds a degree in telecommunication engineering and holds several sysadmin certifications. As an IT engineer and technical author, he writes for various web sites. He blogs at LinuxWays.

4 thoughts on “How to Stop Windows 10 from Rebooting after Updates

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    December 21, 2018 at 9:54 pm
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    The effect of this option isn’t clear. I run apps that don’t save data when Windows automatically restarts. What happens if I’m away from the computer? Will Windows wait for my approval before restarting or not?

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    February 3, 2019 at 11:37 pm
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    This does NOT work. I engaged this fairly immediately. The computer still restarts after I walk away. Until Microsofts un-f&#ks this, I will not be purchasing any additional Windows licences. I’ve lost work too many times because of this.

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    February 19, 2019 at 12:01 am
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    This does not work. If you are not at your PC it will still restart and will not save any work files that are open.

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    December 14, 2019 at 5:49 am
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    This feature is dangerous and leaves PCs less secure. Where is the suspend restart for up to 35 days option. What use is a suspend updates option. Suspend restarts is what you need. I think you may be able to keep suspending while you’re at your computer by changing working hours. A temporary fix, but what about when you’re away. Not only do these fascist criminals think they can control and distrupt your life (claiming crap like you can choose an alternative company which is not practical in reality), but they are also (in typical ignorant corporate fashion) causing the opposite of what claim they are trying to achieve in some regards when it comes to logical people. This is why….

    1.) To stop restarts without permission users may feel they have to instead choose to suspend updates until further notice (because they are not ready to restart any time soon or maybe even any time in the next few days!)

    2.) When they are ready to restart, and it might have been a good time to have just finished having updated installed, updates do not get installed because the user has other things to think about and has forgotten to turn them back on, and the system hasn’t installed them because it forced the user to suspend them! (It’s ignorant for microsoft to assume the user is going to know when is a good time to install them in advance, and it’s unlikely in that case that the time they happen to find convenient to restart is going to coincide with the time they had to choose in advance for updates to resume)

    3.) User starts computer up again without updates when it could have had them installed if they hadn’t been suspended. Some time after the warning comes up that it’s time to install updates and restart. But this is not a convenient time because the user has already restarted and is doing work again now. So the user has to suspend updates again in the hope of preventing a restart and so the whole bloody merry go round starts all over again!!!

    I think this is part corporate ignorance and part stupidity of programmers who can’t think with enough sophistication to create a properly safely functioning OS. Why are programmers for corporations always so dumb and ignorant too? (probably because their heart isn’t in it unlike open source developers). Anyway, yes forced updated can be SERIOUSLY DANGEROUS! Imagine if that computer was involved in keeping people alive in a hospital or a safety measure at a nuclear power plant!) – Microsoft could be responsible for mass murder, and no disgusting small print should let them wriggle out of that one as the people they killed didn’t all sign up for their terms and conditions!

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