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Schedule Restarts for Updates – Windows 10 tips and tricks

In this article, learn how to schedule restarts for Windows Updates. OK, so you’re working on an important document when the  Windows updates splash screen opens and informs you it’s going to reboot! “Damn, $#”##$”/&% … , I didn’t save changes of my beloved documents, WTF is wrong with you Microsoft !?” Instead of getting mad, shouting at your computer, and cursing Microsoft, better try to schedule a convenient time for the computer to reboot after installing updates.

Configuring-Windows-Update-Windows-10

Windows 10 allows you to specify a time for the computer to restart after updates are installed to finish their installation.

To schedule a restart for updates, click on the Start menu icon and select Settings:

Open the Settings panel in Windows 10

On the Settings screen, click on Update & Security item:

Windows-10-Update-and-Security

If you have any updates available to install, Windows will start downloading them and preparing to install. Click on the Advanced options:

Windows 10, Windows Update, see advanced options for scheduling a restart for updates

* Note that the update process annoyingly continues even though you left the main Windows Update screen…

Advanced-options-notify-to-schedule-restart

Select Notify to schedule restart option from the drop-down list.

Now click on the left arrow button to return to the main Windows Update screen:

Left arrow or back arrow on the Windows 10 update window

You are notified that a restart has been scheduled and options are provided for you to schedule a time for the restart to happen:

Here are the two options:

  • The first radio button option provides a suggested time to restart the machine to finish installing updates,
  • The second radio button option Select a restart time allows you to specify a different time and date.

And that’s it. I recommend to schedule updates, because it’s better safe than sorry.

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