Tips to stop Windows 10 from automatically rebooting when a new update installs

60Windows 10 combines perfectly the best aspects of Windows 7 and Windows 8, while introducing tons of new features and improvements that change of a lot of things you have grown accustomed to, including a new virtual helper, Cortana, Task switcher, Action Center and much more.

However, one of the most annoying things when it comes to Windows 10 is its tendency to reboot automatically to apply new updates. In reality, new updates may bring in significant performance improvements and bug fixes, but you sometimes need to stop what you are doing and reboot your device.

With the release of Windows 10 anniversary update, Microsoft allows you to prevent installing updates while you are working on your computer with the help of Active Hour. However, Windows 10 will still restart your device when you leave your computer. Luckily, there is a simple way you can use to prevent Windows 10 from rebooting after downloading and installing updates.

In this guide, we will walk you through the steps to stop Windows 10 from rebooting when a new update installs.

Steps to prevent your PC from automatically rebooting after installing updates on Windows 10

Step one: Right-click on the Start menu and click Search

Step two: You are now supposed to search for Task Schedule and click the result to access the tool

Step three: Click on the dropdown arrow button next to Task Schedule Library > Microsoft > Windows

Step four: Click on Update Orchestrator > Reboot task and select Disable

Once done, Windows 10 will no longer reboot after downloading and installing new updates. However, note that if you don’t reboot your device, new updates will not apply.

Steps to prevent Windows 10 from re-enabling Reboot task

In reality, Windows 10 can re-enable Reboot task, forcing your PC to restart every time a new update installs. Here is how you can stop it from happening.

Step one: Launch the Run command by using the Windows + R keyboard shortcut and type the following command %windir%\System32\Tasks\Microsoft\Windows\UpdateOrchestrator. Once you are done, click OK to proceed

Step two: Next up, right-click the Reboot file and click Rename

Step three: Enter the name for the Reboot file: Reboot.old

Step four: Once you are done, you need to right-click inside the folder, select New from the drop-down menu and click on Folder

Also read: Steps to disable laptop’s webcam and microphone on Windows 10

Got any issues during the process? Let us know in the comments below.

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