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How To Stop Windows 10 From Restarting Automatically to Install Windows Updates

Reader Question:
“Hi Wally, I want to know how to stop Windows 10 from restarting automatically. I know it is caused by Windows update. I don’t want to avoid updating Windows, I just want to avoid the automatic restarts. Thank you.” – Bradley J., USA

Before addressing any computer issue, I always recommend scanning and repairing any underlying problems affecting your PC health and performance:

  • Step 1 : Download PC Repair & Optimizer Tool (WinThruster for Win 10, 8, 7, Vista, XP and 2000 – Microsoft Gold Certified).
  • Step 2 : Click “Start Scan” to find Windows registry issues that could be causing PC problems.
  • Step 3 : Click “Repair All” to fix all issues.

Setting up weekly (or daily) automatic scans will help prevent system problems and keep your PC running fast and trouble-free.

Wally’s Answer: Some users are not happy about how updates work in Windows 10. It downloads updates and automatically restarts the computer to install them. Although options may seem limited, you can still control and disable Windows updates.


Windows 10 automatically restarts to install windows updates.


Here are some ways to fix the Windows 10 automatic reset problem.

When and Why Does Windows 10 Reboot?

Windows 10 restarts the computer to complete installing a Windows update. Some Windows updates require the computer to be restarted in order to be installed. By default, Windows does not ask the user, but there is a way to change that.

Have Windows 10 Notify You When it is About to Restart

Windows can notify you and allow you to reschedule the update. But if you don’t reschedule the update, then it will restart automatically after a few notifications. Here’s how to do it:

Press the Windows Key, and click Settings

Windows 10 - Go Back - Start Menu - Settings - Windows 10 -- Windows Wally

Click Update & security 

Windows 10 - Start Menu - Settings menu - Update & Security -- Windows Wally

On the Windows update tab, click Advanced options

Windows 10 - Settings - Update & Security - Windows update - Advanced Options - Windows Wally

Under Choose how updates are installed, select Notify to schedule restart. You can also choose to check the Defer updates option to only install updates after a few months have passed. Deferring updates does not affect security updates.

Windows 10 - Settings - Update & Security - Windows update - Advanced Options - Notify to schedule restart - Defer Updates - Windows Wally

Switch Wifi Connection to Metered Connection and Avoid Windows 10 Updates Altogether

This is probably the closest thing to actually disabling Windows updates in Windows 10. You can set your internet connection to a metered connection and prevent Windows from downloading and installing Windows updates.

Windows thinks that a non-metered connection is a volume-based connection. That is why Windows 10 does not download updates if you turn this setting on. Windows will remember this setting every time you connect to the same Wifi connection unless you change its name or reset your router’s settings.

  1. Press the Windows Key and type wifi in the search bar. Now, click Change Wi-Fi settings.
    Volume - Windows 10 - Change Wi-Fi settings - Windows Wally
  2. Under Wi-Fi, click your internet connection and click Advanced options at the bottom.
    Volume - Windows 10 - Change Wi-Fi settings - 2 - Windows Wally
  3. Turn Set as metered connection to On.
    Volume - Windows 10 - Change Wi-Fi settings - 3 - Windows Wally

This should stop Windows 10 from using your internet connection to download updates. If you have any more questions, please ask us in the comments section below. Hope this helped, Have a nice day :)

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Is Your PC Healthy?

I always recommend to my readers to regularly use a trusted registry cleaner and optimizer such as WinThruster or CCleaner. Many problems that you encounter can be attributed to a corrupt and bloated registry.

Happy Computing! :)

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