Taking control of updates

How to change restart options for updates on Windows 10

Windows 10 includes "active hours" to let you change the restart times to install updates and prevent sudden reboots, and here you'll learn how to use it.

Windows 10 Active hours and Restart options

On Windows 10, updates are mandatory, you can defer updates, but you can’t turn off Windows Update anymore. It’s a good approach to keep everyone up to date and protected, but the problem comes when you’re working on an important document and suddenly Windows 10 decides to restart automatically to finish installing new updates.

Allowing Windows 10 to automatically schedule an update can cost you time, and there is also the chance of losing your work if the document didn’t save properly.

Fortunately, the operating system lets you customize the time you’re likely to be working on your computer to prevent sudden restarts when a new update is available. The feature is called Active hours. In addition, there is also a restart option that allows temporary override the “active hours” schedule finish installing updates.

In this guide, you’ll learn the steps to change the restart options to prevent Windows 10 from suddenly rebooting to finish installing updates.

How to configure ‘Active hours’ on Windows 10

Active hours is a feature that you can configure to tell Windows 10 when you’re actively working on your device to prevent the operating system from restarting.

To configure active hours do the following:

  1. Open Settings.

  2. Click on Update & security.

  3. Click on Windows Update.

  4. Click the Change active hours link.

    Change Active hours on Windows 10

  5. Select the start and end time, but make sure you’re selecting a range that is not longer than 12 hours.

  6. Click Save.

    Active hours Windows 10

How to configure ‘Restart options’ on Windows 10

Restart options allows to temporary override active hours and custom schedule to finish installing updates. However, you won’t be able to change these settings unless they’re an update ready to install on your device.

To change the Restart options, do the following:

  1. Open Settings.

  2. Click on Update & security.

  3. Click on Windows Update.

  4. Click the Restart options link.

    Change Active hours on Windows 10

  5. Turn on the toggle switch.

  6. Change the time and date to restart your computer.

    Restart options Windows 10

The ability to choose the restart options is very convenient as you can postpone an update for several days, where active hours will only prevent Windows 10 from rebooting to install updates on the daily basis.

Whatever schedule you choose remember to always save your work and configure automatic saving for documents on your applications.