Posted by: Yosef B. | May 30, 2017

Taking control of Windows 10 System Updates


A number of colleagues seem to be having trouble with their Windows 10 PC’s restarting on them at inopportune times – here’s how you can take back control…

Notes:

  • The options you see will depend on what settings your company/computer Administrator has set. If you don’t see a corresponding option to the steps below, please follow-up with your administrator to see if they can allow the option for you.
  • Click on any image below to enlarge.
  1. Open the Windows (Start) menu.
  2. Type “Windows Update” and select the “Check for updates” option from the list that appears.
     
  3. In the middle of the window that opens, under the Update settings section are three links to more advanced options:
     

    1. Change active hours
    2. Restart options
    3. Advanced options

    Select the first one: Change active hours
     

    Here you can set the normal hours that you work. Windows won’t restart your computer during these hours without at least warning you first. Feel free to buffer on both sides of your day to give yourself enough time to finish up before Windows decides to restart your computer for you. Click Save to save and exit this window to return to the other options.

    Note: If you don’t leave your computer running during non-work hours, you run the risk of not getting important security updates in a timely manner. To counteract this – make it a practice to manually check for updates on at least a weekly basis.

  4. Back on the Windows Update window, select the next option: “Restart options” to open the following window:
     

    Here you can set a scheduled time for Windows to apply updates. Best use of this is if you know you always leave your machine running over the weekend – schedule the updates to be installed on Friday night while you’re not at work.

    You can also elect to have Windows pop up with a reminder to tell you when it’s going to auto-restart your machine. If you’re getting blindsided by it auto-restarting – here’s the option you’ve been looking for!

  5. Go back to the Windows Update window to select the final option: “Advanced options” to open the following window:
     

    I recommend selecting the checkbox for “Give me updates for other Microsoft products when I update Windows.” This will help ensure other Microsoft products like Office are getting updates regularly as well.

    I do NOT recommend turning on the Pause Updates option. This is a big potential security risk if an important patch is deployed by Microsoft and you’ve paused the updates for a month (e.g. the recent WannaCry Ransomware patch).

  6. At the bottom of this screen is another link to the final set of options: “Choose how updates are delivered”
     

    These options allow you to get updates delivered to you quicker. Essentially – if any other computers on your local network have already downloaded the update you need, your computer will be able to get all or part of the update directly from them instead of having to go out to the web to re-download it. Since your local connection is usually much faster than your internet connection – this can save a bit of time & potentially internet bandwidth in getting updates delivered to your computer.

Hope this helps with your reboot woes – as always, let me know if you have any questions.
~Yosef

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