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 "3 = Download the updates automatically and notify when they are ready to be installed", uncheck "install during automatic maintenance". I also checked "install updates for other MS products", though I'm not sure if this has any effect.
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.

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