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.

[symple_box color=”yellow” fade_in=”false” float=”center” text_align=”left” width=””] 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.


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


2. Unfold Administrative Templates under Computer Configuration.

3. Unfold Windows Components. 

Unfold Options 2-3
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

Windows 10: Group Policy Tutorial
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 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.


  1. 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.

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

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