One of the most annoying changes Microsoft made with Windows 10 was with its automatic reboots during Windows Updates.
I can’t be the only one who has lost valuable work, browser tabs, or documents after discovering that my computer rebooted itself overnight.
The question here is: can you actually prevent Windows 10 from automatically rebooting after updates? Or are you always stuck with these reboots? Today, we’re going to answer that question.
Why Does Microsoft Do This?
Microsoft automatically reboots Windows 10 purely for security purposes. Without automatic updates, Microsoft claims that some users would just continuously ignore reboot demands, preventing the update from ever being installed.
In other words, Microsoft punishes its entire Windows 10 userbase because some users are stupid.
Why doesn’t Microsoft let you block the automatic reboot? Microsoft’s answer to this problem is their Active Hours feature, which lets you set a certain period of time during which your computer can safely be restarted.
Obviously, that’s not an ideal solution for everybody. If you find yourself working late on a critical project one night, for example, then your computer might spontaneously restart halfway through. Other people just like leaving windows and programs open on their computer all the time, so they don’t really have inactive hours.
Fortunately, some wonderful person on the internet found a way to prevent these updates from forcing an automatic restart.
How to Stop Windows 10 from Automatically Rebooting
This fix is credited to Winaero.com. It’s a way to permanently prevent Windows 10 from automatically rebooting. Here’s how it works:
Step 1) Open the Control Panel (type “Control Panel” into the Start Menu)
Step 2) Click on Administrative Tools
Step 3) Choose the “Task Scheduler” option
Step 4) Open the following folder: Task Scheduler Library / Microsoft / Windows / UpdateOrchestrator
Step 5) Right-click on that option, then click Disable
Some users online have reported that Windows 10 will switch this option back on automatically. You can prevent this from happening by opening the following folder in Windows Explorer:
Find the “Reboot” file in that folder (it has no suffix or file extension). Then, rename the file to Reboot.bak.
After changing that file, the entry will be permanently changed and will not automatically switch back. You can restore the automatic reboot functionality at any time by repeating the steps listed above.
Fortunately, this fix doesn’t actually prevent Windows updates from being installed. Windows Updates will still be installed. The main difference is that Windows 10 will no longer automatically restart. You can restart your PC whenever you wish to complete the installation.
Just like that, you’ve taken over control of your PC and prevented Microsoft from forcing its restarts upon you.