Q
Manage Learn to apply best practices and optimize your operations.

Can I change the Windows Update settings?

Windows Update can reboot machines at the worst times, but in Windows 10 you can schedule updates.

FROM THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE:

Windows 10 how-to guide

+ Show More

Using the default settings, Windows Update tends to be disruptive, but there are settings you can change to control updates and reboots.

Previous versions of Windows had a bad habit of forcing a reboot at the most inopportune moments. Windows 10 performs reboots in the wee hours which is better, but can still be disruptive. Consider an all-nighter being disrupted by an unwanted reboot, or coming into the office in the morning to discover something you were working on was lost to an unanticipated reboot. This is a problem for users and IT administrators alike.

To change Windows Update settings in Windows 10, click the Start button then Settings, followed by Update and Security. When the Update and Security screen opens, select the Windows Update tab and then click on the Advanced Options link. Go to the Choose How Updates are Installed section and select the Notify to Schedule Restart option. This will force Windows to ask you to schedule a reboot rather than the operating system taking it upon itself to reboot automatically.

Some updates are downloaded automatically, and in most cases, it's a good idea to let Windows automatically download updates. But if you have a compelling reason to avoid automatic updates, you can. There's no "do not download updates" setting, but the previously mentioned Advanced Options screen has a workaround. This screen says that updates won't be downloaded over a metered connection, or one where there is a charge for bandwidth consumption. If you want to put a stop to automatic updates, you can trick Windows into thinking that you are using a metered connection, and you will still be able to manually download updates. Keep in mind that metering is configured on a per-adapter basis.

Next Steps

What is Windows Update?

Use GPOs to control Windows 8 and 8.1 updates

Everything we know about Windows Update for Business

This was last published in May 2016

PRO+

Content

Find more PRO+ content and other member only offers, here.

Essential Guide

Windows 10 how-to guide

Have a question for an expert?

Please add a title for your question

Get answers from a TechTarget expert on whatever's puzzling you.

You will be able to add details on the next page.

Join the conversation

1 comment

Send me notifications when other members comment.

By submitting you agree to receive email from TechTarget and its partners. If you reside outside of the United States, you consent to having your personal data transferred to and processed in the United States. Privacy

Please create a username to comment.

Will you use Windows Update settings to control when reboots happen?
Cancel

-ADS BY GOOGLE

SearchVirtualDesktop

SearchWindowsServer

SearchExchange

Close