How to Stop Windows 10 Update From Restarting Without Asking

Akshata Shanbhag 28-12-2015

Isn’t it annoying that Windows 10 automatically downloads and installs updates without notifying you? What’s worse is that it also restarts your computer at odd times to finish the update process. Let’s see how you can fix that.


Go to Settings > Update & security > Windows Update > Advanced options. The “Choose how updates are installed” option is set to Automatic (recommended) by default. Change it to Notify to schedule restart from the dropdown menu.


Going forward, once the updates have been installed, you’ll be asked to schedule a restart and you can pick a time that is convenient for you. This means no more unexpected system restarts when you’re in the middle of something important.

You have more control over Windows Update How to Manage Windows Update in Windows 10 For control freaks, Windows Update is a nightmare. It works in the background, and keeps your system safe and running smoothly. We show you how it works and what you can customize. Read More than you think. For example, you can check for updates, start them manually, or even defer them.

What do your Windows Update settings look like? Tell us in the comments.


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  1. harry
    November 26, 2016 at 1:54 am

    In the latest version of Windows 10 this option is not available.

  2. Nikolaj Knudsen
    December 28, 2015 at 6:03 pm

    Dont ever follow this advice. It is so convenient that Windows 10 automatically updates and restarts.

    • Kcmartz
      December 28, 2015 at 7:38 pm

      @Nikolaj Knudsen, for someone like me it isn't good. Sometimes I'm having a late night gaming session and it reboots on me, and I'm like crap, what's happening, bad timing Micro$$oft!

    • Anonymous
      December 28, 2015 at 8:40 pm

      It is convenient for most of the time, but I've had it restarting in the middle of me working couple of times. Once I had an unsaved Word document but I got most of it back with AutoSave feature. But the other time I wasn't fortunate enough as I was typing on a Notepad.