Windows 10 now prevents random reboots during updates

Microsoft introduces new changes to stop your PC from restarting unexpectedly after installing an update with Creators Update.

Windows 10 Update settings

Windows 10 Creators Update gives you more control installing updates to prevent sudden reboots. Alongside the long list of features and improvements coming in the Creators Update, Microsoft is making changes based on feedback to be less aggressive applying new Windows updates on your computer, which previously could cause unexpected reboots and disrupt your work.

In addition to Active Hours, Microsoft is adding a new snooze option that shows up in a new dialog letting you know that there is a new update available for Windows 10.

Windows 10 stops automatic reboots after updates

“Snooze” will postpone an update from installing for three days, which should be more than sufficient to save your work and make time to install updates.

Then there is a new “Pick a time” option to let you schedule a restart when is more convenient to you.

Of course, if you’re ready, you can always click the “Restart now” button to apply the update.

Windows 10 update snooze option
Windows 10 update snooze option

While automatic updates are a convenient way to keep devices up to date, there’s still the problem that in order to apply an update a computer must reboot, and often times this Windows 10 restarts when you least expected.

The new options introduced in the Windows 10 Creators Update will provide users more control to prevent annoying reboots by postponing the installation for a later day.

However, there are still a few things unclear. For example, will the prompt disappear automatically after certain amount of time if no option is selected? Will it reboot your device automatically if no option is selected? And can you snooze more than once?

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Mauro Huculak is a Windows How-To Expert who started Pureinfotech in 2010 as an independent online publication. He has also been a Windows Central contributor for nearly a decade. Mauro has over 14 years of experience writing comprehensive guides and creating professional videos about Windows and software, including Android and Linux. Before becoming a technology writer, he was an IT administrator for seven years. In total, Mauro has over 20 years of combined experience in technology. Throughout his career, he achieved different professional certifications from Microsoft (MSCA), Cisco (CCNP), VMware (VCP), and CompTIA (A+ and Network+), and he has been recognized as a Microsoft MVP for many years. You can follow him on X (Twitter), YouTube, LinkedIn and Email him at [email protected].