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How to prevent Windows 10 from restarting when we are using it

How to prevent Windows 10 from restarting when we are using it

How to prevent Windows 10 from restarting when we are using it

We show you how we can configure Windows 10 not to restart to complete an update while you work.

It is very typical: you postpone a Windows 10 update as long as possible, and just when you need the computer the most, when you’re in the middle of something super important, it restarts to complete the update that you have downloaded on your PC. It is something irreparable, we cannot avoid it: they have decided that it is so, period. And is that, after all, we do not have complete power over our computer. But this has changed, and is that now the update policy has changed by popular motion.

Normally, if we are working and we get the update notice, in case we can not postpone it anymore, we will have 15 minutes to save everything we are doing, so the restart is not entirely forced. Even so, it is a very bad trick because the process can take up to an hour.


And now, apart from being able to postpone updates for up to 365 days, we can choose a work schedule in which Windows will be totally prohibited from carrying out any task of this type (In case the year of delay in the updates seems to you little, of course). It is necessary to make a note, and that is that these 365 days become only 30 in the case of important updates, as is the case with security updates (which usually fix security holes).

The Creators Update is the key

This could not be without the huge update called the Creators Update that officially arrived yesterday morning. Whoever has been able to install it will be able to access the settings that will allow them to establish a schedule free of updates and restarts. It is like a peace treaty between Windows 10 and us (at key hours, of course).

We are going to make use of what are called the critical hours. We can access them from Configuration (key Windows + i)> Update and security > Change active hours. We will get a window in which we will have to set the active hours: we enter the start time and the end time. They do not have to be round hours, if we wanted we could choose an unfriendly time.

The only downside is that the maximum time that we can set is 18 hours (although initially in the Creators Update yesterday only 12 hours were to be included as a maximum period). This restriction is there for an obvious reason: if they let us put in as many hours as we wanted, we would put 24 hours as active time so that it would never be updated (which is what many want).

What happens if we are out of active hours?

Outside of active hours we have to be very careful because we do not have this anti-restart protection. Of course, we can establish a maximum period of one and a half hours to have time to do whatever. This option can be found inConfiguration (key Windows + i)> Update and security >Restart options. This other option is only accessible when there are any pending updates.