How to set when Windows 10 is allowed to install updates and restart your PC

Up until now, Windows 10 users had no control over how and when their computers or devices chose to reboot in order to automatically install operating system updates. That’s not exactly what you’d call a friendly approach and, even more, it can be quite unhelpful for people using Windows 10 at work. Just imagine what would it mean for you to have a meeting on Skype with an important client and your Windows 10 computer decides to restart and install updates. Not to mention those apocalyptical situations when updates encounter errors: all your work is on that Windows 10 computer and troubleshooting takes forever. Starting with Windows 10 Anniversary Update, Microsoft finally took some steps towards correcting these issues with the help of two small and helpful features: Active hours and custom restart times. Read on to see where you’ll find these settings and how to configure them:

NOTE: The features shared in this article apply only to Windows 10 with Anniversary Update or to Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 14367 or newer. Windows 10 Anniversary Update will be available for free, to all Windows 10 users, as of August 2, 2016.

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Updated: June 30, 2016 — 9:33 am