Preventing Windows 10 from Rebooting after Installing Updates

September 18, 2016

Microsoft made the dumbest decisions I've ever seen with Windows 10 to simply download updates, install them, and then reboot your machine for you! I've lost work I was doing several times and finally decided to track down a solution.

Here is what seems to be working for me.

1) Run "gpedit.msc"
2) Under "Computer Configuration" -> "Administrative Templates" -> "Windows Components" -> "Windows Update"...
2a) Select "Configure Automatic Updates", select "enabled", select "4 - auto download and schedule the install", check "install during automatic maintenance" and select a time to install. I also checked "install updates for other MS products"
2b) Under "No auto-restart when logged on users for scheduled automatic updates" select "Enabled"
3) Run "gpupdate /force"

This works for Windows 10 Pro. I believe that "Home" versions may not have the ability to manipulate policies, so you just have to live with the crap from Microsoft, I guess. Perhaps somebody can suggest comparable registry edits?

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