Stop Windows 10 from automatically restarting to install new updates by setting up Active Hours.

It can be a really annoying when you sit down in front of your computer to finish working on a project, only to find out that Microsoft restarted your machine to install new updates. While you can't stop updates from downloading and installing to your system. New features within the Windows world will help with some of this aggravation.  One thing to remember is you need some of the more recent updates on your machine to use the following features that I will be discussing here.

The new improvements come in a new feature called "Active Hours,"  this will allow you to specify the hours you're more likely to be using your computer to prevent Windows Update from restarting your system automatically and installing a series of updates in the middle of your working hours.

In this Windows 10 guide, we'll walk you through the steps to configure Active Hours on your PC to make Windows updates a little less annoying.

How to configure Active Hours on your PC

  1. Use the Windows key + I keyboard shortcut to open the Settings app.
  2. Click Update & security.
  3. Under Update settings, you will notice a few extra links, click Change Active Hours.
  4. Specify the time you're actively using your computer.
  5. Note that the maximum active length of time you can set is 18 hours. Any other time range will be marked as invalid. Now everything falls into that schedule. Even though you can specify the hours you are actively using your computer, there will be those times when you'll need it during that inactive period and an update may want to run. For those situations, Windows 10 includes the restart options, which you can use to temporarily override and set a custom restart time for the operating system to finish installing the new updates.


To set a custom restart time do the following:

  1. While in the Settings app, go back to Windows Update.

  2. Click the Restart options link under Update settings.
  3. Turn on the feature, and set the custom time and day.
  4. Remember that you will only be able to change the "Restart options" settings when a new update is available. Otherwise, the feature will be greyed out.