How to Disable Windows 10 Automatic Restart After Updates


  • Windows is checking updates every single day, and typically it won’t find new ones.
  • But if it finds some new updates, it will install some of them. And restart your computer.
  • To avoid unexpected restarts, you should use the feature called Active Hours.
  • Here is a guide on how to disable Windows 10 automatic restart after updates.


Windows 10 automatically downloads and installs updates. This can be annoying for most people, so Microsoft comes with a new feature called Active Hours that gives you control over the times when your Windows updates.

If you want to prevent automatic restarts of your computer after Windows update, here is a short guide on how to set active hours in Windows 10. 

But before, you should read a few words about the importance of updating your operating system. 

Is It Necessary To Update Windows 10

In other words, do you need to install every Windows update? If you are looking for a short answer, then YES, you should install all available updates. 

Most updates are not necessary for Windows to function, but they are hugely important to prevent hackers from exploiting bugs in Windows operating systems. 

While you can always check for updates manually in the dedicated Windows Update panel, your operating system does it automatically every single day. Typically, Windows won’t find new ones.

On most computers, updates are installed automatically, mostly on Patch Tuesday (the second Tuesday of every month). This day, Microsoft rolls out updates that are designed to patch recent security holes in the system. 


How to Disable Windows 10 Automatic Restart After Updates


STEP 1: Go to Start Menu and open the Settings app.

STEP 2: Click on Update & Security and then click on Windows Update.

STEP 3: Find the Change active hours option and click on it.


Active hours feature in Windows 10
Using the new Active Hours feature is a great way to say Windows when to install updates / Credit: Nechstar, click to zoom


STEP 4: You will see a new screen where you can turn on the switch to allow Windows to automatically adjust the hours for you. It is based on your average daily activity.


Enable active hours in Windows 10
Credit: Nechstar / Click to zoom


STEP 5: Click the Change link and Choose “Start time” and “End time” here. You should set the hours during which you generally use your computer. Please note, you can’t go above 18 hours and you can’t set different active hours on different days.  


disable windows 10 automatic restart
Set the active time you are using the computer / Credit: Nechstar, click to zoom


STEP 6: Then apply changes by clicking the Save button.  


That’s all. Now, your operating system should download and install updates only in the hours you have determined. 


While I don’t recommend disabling automatic updates on Windows 10, sometimes it is better to defer future updates. It is relatively easy to do so, but much better is to check for updates regularly. Luckily, Windows operating system is doing it automatically every single day, however, you can save time and create a desktop shortcut to the Windows Update panel. 


I hope this guide was helpful, and you would like the new Hibernate mode on your computer. If you need any additional help, you can use the comment section. You can also check out the Nechstar YouTube channel, where we have several Windows 10 tutorials.



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