Prevent Windows 10 from Automatically Restarting After Updating

Windows 10 by defaults automatically prompts for a restart. This period is however very long but some users really don’t want Windows to decide to reboot after X minutes have passed. We will explain how you turn this off.

This tutorial uses GPEDIT.MSC. This is not available in all versions of Windows 10.

Turning off Automatic Restart

1. Press the Windows + R button on your keyboard and type GPEdit.msc.

or

1. Open Start and type gpedit.msc and hit enter

 

2. Unfold Administrative Templates under Computer Configuration.

3. Unfold Windows Components. 

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Unfold Options 2-3

4. Click on the Windows Update folder.

5. Double-click on No Auto-Restart with logged on users for scheduled automatic update installations. 

6. Check the Enabled box.

7. Click on OK

8. Close Group Policy Editor

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Windows 10: Group Policy Tutorial

 

These settings only take effect after a system reboot. We hope you liked this tutorial.

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Yuri Pustjens
Yuri Pustjens
2014, 2015 & 2016 Microsoft Most Valuable Professional Windows Yuri specializes in troubleshooting (crash analysis and devices), system resource utilisation and system performance. He is also very interested in Customer Security. Yuri can be found as Windows Community Moderator and Wiki Author on Microsoft Answers and is active on different communities all across the web.
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  • Len
    February 11, 2016 at 5:56 pm

    7 months later, this still doesn’t work. 🙁 We’ve had that policy set from day 1; we have a number of sales people and such that really can’t have Windows Update randomly interrupting their presentation because Windows 10 noticed it had updates.

    It just blows through the Policy.

  • Michael B
    August 17, 2015 at 4:40 pm

    I thought this would do it but it seems my Windows 10 Pro is ignoring that policy. I’m still getting automatic reboots.

  • August 2, 2015 at 8:28 pm

    Perfect, many thanks! I’ve only had W10 install 2 days and it lost some stuff I had open last night!

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