By default, windows 10 is bound to automatically update the latest patches and features. The annoying point to make here is that it automatically restarts after installing the updates causing you a loss of work in the process. It is common that you are working on an important project or a task and suddenly your system gets restarted and voila! Your hard work is gone in a matter of seconds. The best thing is that windows OS has some inbuilt settings to control or stop windows 10 to reboot after update. Here we will learn how to prevent windows from restarting in simple steps.
Method 1- Active Hours
Windows10 allows you to set the working hours during which the windows updates will not take place. Navigate to settings and click on Update and security
Now, by selecting the windows update option on the left side menu, click on change active hours.
In the next windows-screen, you can select the start and end time of your active or working hours. During the specified time, the windows will not attempt to restart to finish updating windows 10.
Also Read: How to disable windows 10 automatic updates
Method 2-Group Policy
You can also debar the windows completely to restart by itself. By changing the settings in “group policy editor”, you will get a notification that a restart is required to finish the update installation. You can restart the system manually at any time as per your convenience.
Open gpedit.msc in run windows (windows+R). Now follow the path to edit windows update policy.
Computer Configuration>Administrative Templates>Windows Components>Windows Update
Now from the policy settings windows on the right side, find and click on “No auto-restart with logged on users for scheduled automatic updates installations”.
By default, this policy is set to Not configured. You need to select Enabled radio button to activate the manual restart of windows 10.
Note: Group policy editor method to stop windows 10 to restart after updates work only in Windows professional and Enterprise editions.