One of the most frustrating experiences on Windows is the operating system's default updating behavior.
Windows is configured to download and install patches automatically when they become available. Many require a restart before they are fully installed on the system, and Windows will restart the system automatically if that is the case.
While you can delay the inevitable restart if you are in front of the PC at that time, there is little that you can do about it if you are not.
Previous versions of Windows allowed you to block Windows Update restarts using the Group Policy or Registry, but it appears that these options don't work currently on Windows 10.
At least some users reported that they cannot block Windows 10 from restarting the PC after updates are installed. They changed the Group Policy entry that let them do so on previous versions of Windows, but it does not do a thing on Windows 10 on their PCs.
There is another solution as Reddit user Scurro points out on the site. It is a bit technical in nature, as it requires the disabling of a scheduled task, and taking ownership of the file associated with that task.
The process itself is straightforward however, here it goes:
First thing you do is open the Windows Task Scheduler and disable the reboot task. Here is how that is done:
This completes the first step in the process.
While you can take ownership manually, I suggest you use a program for that instead as it makes things a lot simpler.
Now that all preparations are done, it is time to take ownership of the reboot file. We need ownership later on as we will remove access to reboot for all other users and groups.
The result of this lengthy process is that updates get installed automatically, but restarts are not scheduled anymore.
Now You: How do you handle Windows Updates?
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