Disabling Automatic Reboot after a Windows Update

by Barry Dysert
(last updated May 26, 2017)

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 30 years, working in different positions such as technical team leader, project manager, and software developer.  He is currently a senior software engineer with an emphasis on developing custom applications under Microsoft Windows. ...

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