Disabling Automatic Reboot after a Windows Update

Written by Barry Dysert (last updated May 29, 2017)

3

Often times (maybe once per week) Microsoft does us the favor of supplying automatic updates to our systems. Sometimes, these updates require that your system be rebooted afterwards. If you're like me, you leave your computer on all the time and often have applications running or files open. To have a reboot happen in the middle of the night could very well disrupt what I'd been working on. If you want to get the updates but not have your system automatically rebooted, there is something you can do about it.

Right-click Start and click Control Panel. In the new window that appears click Administration Tools. Now double-click Task Scheduler. Expand the nodes in the left pane from Task Scheduler Library through Microsoft | Windows. (See Figure 1.)

Figure 1. Navigating the Task Scheduler.

Now scroll down the left pane until you get to UpdateOrchestrator and click it. In the top center pane, look for Reboot. Right-click this line and select Disable from the Context menu. (See Figure 2.)

Figure 2. Disabling automatic reboot.

Now the updates will occur, but your system won't automatically be rebooted. If it turns out you don't like this behavior and you want to return to the automatic reboots, just go through the same process, but when you right-click Reboot choose Enable from the Context menu. Close all open windows. The changes take effect immediately.

 This tip (641) applies to Windows 10.

Author Bio

Barry Dysert

Barry has been a computer professional for over 35 years, working in different positions such as technical team leader, project manager, and software developer. He is currently a software engineer with an emphasis on developing custom applications under Microsoft Windows. When not working with Windows or writing Tips, Barry is an amateur writer. His first non-fiction book is titled "A Chronological Commentary of Revelation." ...

MORE FROM BARRY

Working with Compressed Files and Folders via Zip

Windows 10 provides multiple ways to work with compressed files and folders. One great way is to use the Zip utility, ...

Discover More

Changing a Computer's Name

If you don't like the name that was assigned to your computer when it was put together, it's pretty easy to change. This ...

Discover More

Understanding Indexed Search

Windows has a powerful search utility that allows you to search for files that may be scattered across separate folders ...

Discover More
More WindowsTips

Changing Where New Media is Saved

You can specify where Windows 10 saves new media. This quick change will allow you to better control how your media is ...

Discover More

Controlling the Mouse Pointer Speed

One of the personalization settings you can control is how fast the cursor moves when you move your mouse. You can ...

Discover More

Launching and Understanding the Xbox Game Bar

The Xbox Game Bar is a feature that often goes unnoticed by non-gamers. Let's go over launching and default settings for ...

Discover More
Comments

If you would like to add an image to your comment (not an avatar, but an image to help in making the point of your comment), include the characters [{fig}] (all 7 characters, in the sequence shown) in your comment text. You’ll be prompted to upload your image when you submit the comment. Maximum image size is 6Mpixels. Images larger than 600px wide or 1000px tall will be reduced. Up to three images may be included in a comment. All images are subject to review. Commenting privileges may be curtailed if inappropriate images are posted.

What is three more than 4?

2017-09-02 21:11:07

JW

Windows update re-enables this task or otherwise causes a reboot so this fix doesn't work


2017-05-31 10:43:48

LD

Wow, big help, thank you! This reboot has been miserable,never knew ho tot stop it


2017-05-30 00:30:30

Lanier Dodson

A simpler to remember method is to press the Windows key on the keyboard, or click on the Start button on the Taskbar, then select "Settings" and then "Update & Security."

Make sure "Windows Update" is selected in the left pane, then in the right pane under "Update Settings" select "Restart Options. Under "Schedule a time" select "Off."

Now Windows will not restart the computer following an update, but it will remind you frequently to do so.


Newest Tips