How to change when Windows 10 Updates -Active Hours

In this guide, I will show you how to change when Windows 10 Updates or rather when it restarts and installs updates. As we cannot prevent Windows from downloading updates. Instead, Microsoft lets you set the time period that you are most likely to be using your computer and stops Windows 10 Updates from restarting or installing during that period.

How to change when Windows 10 Updates -Active Hours

Microsoft calls this period the ‘Active Hours’ and it is a new feature in Windows 10. Follow the instructions below to change when Windows 10 updates, restarts and installs to prevent your computer from restarting at an inconvenient time.

How to Change when Windows 10 Updates ‘Active Hours’

  1. Press the Windows key to activate the text box on the taskbar
  2. Type Settings in the text box on the taskbar
  3. You will be taken to the settings page shown below, click Update & Security

  1. You will be taken to the Update Status page (see below) under Update Settings section, click Change Active Hours

  1. The Active Hours box will appear, enter the time period where you do not want a restart to take place.

  1. Click Save.

Additional information

Don’t worry if you happen to be using the computer outside of the active hours as Windows will prompt you for confirmation before restarting and give you the option to postpone the restart and install of updates.

I have another post called ‘Windows 10 Updates -Everything you need to know’ which goes into a lot more detail. Please read that post for further information.

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