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Stop Windows 10 from automatically rebooting after installing updates
Last Updated a year ago

Although updates are necessary to ensure your device are in line with the latest improvements and security patches, if you don't restart soon enough, Windows 10 will eventually reboot automatically to finish applying updates. It simply isn't a good user experience.

In an attempt to mitigate this issue, in the Anniversary Update, Windows 10 introduced Active Hours to prevent installing updates while you're actively working on your computer. However, this won't stop Windows 10 from restarting during off hours, which can be a problem if you typically leave your computer in the middle of a task or run virtual appliances.

There is a workaround which allows you to take full control and stop Windows 10 from rebooting on its own after new updates install.


  1. Open "Task Scheduler" (use search if necessary)
  2. In tree open: Task Scheduler Library / Microsoft / Windows / UpdateOrchestrator
  3. Rick click "Reboot" and select disable
  4. Close "Task Scheduler"
  5. Navigate to: [root(usually C:)]\Windows\System32\Tasks\Microsoft\Windows\UpdateOrchestrator\
  6. Right click "Reboot" and rename to "Reboot.old"
  7. Create a new folder in the same location named "Reboot"
  8. Close out File Explorer and the task is completed

You will now be personally responsible for rebooting your computer to finish installing updates.

To undue the workaround simply reverse this process.

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