Windows 10: How to Prevent automatic restart in Windows 10 Anniversary Update?

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  1. tannim Win User

    How to Prevent automatic restart in Windows 10 Anniversary Update?


    Now that microsoft has removed the ability to force windows 10 to ask to be scheduled and given that "active hours" is a broken concept that doesn't solve any problem, how can I prevent windows from automatically restarting again? Is the only option to turn off windows update entirely now?

    :)
     
    tannim, Aug 10, 2016
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  2. Hanifrhb Win User

    Failed Windows 10 anniversary update at 40%: IIS & error 0x018007

    I gave up upgrading to the Anniversary version of Windows 10 three months ago. However, Windows Update keeps automatically downloading the update and automatically restarting my laptop once every week to upgrade the Windows (which is unsuccessful as before).

    How can I prevent it from keep trying?
     
    Hanifrhb, Aug 10, 2016
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  3. PA Bear - MS MVP, Aug 10, 2016
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  4. Brink
    Brink New Member

    How to Prevent automatic restart in Windows 10 Anniversary Update?

    Hello tannim, *Smile

    What is broken about active hours for you?

    Active hours lets Windows know when you usually use this device. When a restart is necessary to finish installing an update, Windows won't automatically restart your device during active hours.

    https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/4...dows-10-a.html
     
    Brink, Aug 10, 2016
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  5. tannim Win User
    I have my computer on at all times with stuff running in the background for other people. Active Hours is of no use in this situation and, therefore, is a broken concept for me. It only prevents windows from restarting for up to 12 hours.I need a solution that lets me choose whether or not to restart the system at any time. The previous fully functional "ask to schedule" worked well. It could be left on all day and ignored until I was ready to bother with it.
     
    tannim, Aug 10, 2016
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  6. tannim Win User
    For a temporary solution, I have edited HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\WindowsUpdate\Auto Update and set it to 3, download but let me choose whether to install.
     
    tannim, Aug 10, 2016
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  7. Brink
    Brink New Member
    Brink, Aug 10, 2016
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  8. mmortal03 Win User

    How to Prevent automatic restart in Windows 10 Anniversary Update?

    You changed the AUOptions value, located there, to 3?

    I'm also trying to fix this issue in Anniversary Update. Prior to the Anniversary Update, I was able to just disable the Windows Update service (and run it manually once a month), but it seems as if Windows 10 now has a way of re-enabling it all by itself, so it was *still* automatically rebooting upon new updates being detected and installed. Hopefully this registry setting will fix the issue.
     
    mmortal03, Aug 12, 2016
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  9. mmortal03 Win User
    mmortal03, Aug 12, 2016
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  10. tannim Win User
    I am marking this thread as unsolved as I know of no way to do what I asked. I have found no way to prevent windows 10 from automatically rebooting to install updates.

    The post above this one that says to remove the scheduled reboot from task manager assumes that I know windows has scheduled one. There is no way I can know that has happened unless I manually check for updates since I can't see any notifications. I didn't see the one that rebooted my computer again before I marked this as unsolved especially. Thankfully I didn't lose anything but stuff I had in notepad this time.

    For the record
    Changing AUOptions in registry at "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\WindowsUpdate\Auto Update" has ZERO effect on windows 10's ability to download, install, and automatically reboot the computer for updates. All data is at risk if you forget to save.

    I will be completely disabling windows update service now because I can no longer trust windows 10 not to reboot at any time I leave it unattended. It is on at all times, so don't bother saying "Set Windows active hours". That is a flawed concept that will not work for anybody who does not shut down their computer every day. I left feedback in the microsoft feedback thing like many others, but I doubt it will have any effect on the stupid decision to remove "ask to schedule".
     
    tannim, Aug 31, 2016
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  11. dalchina New Member
    There's a much much easier way to deal with this, which I posted a couple of weeks ago.
    Simply download and run 'Don't Sleep' (freeware, small) - or similar.

    This optionally blocks sleep, hibernation, restart, shutdown.

    So if you want your PC on for 24 hrs (active hours is limited to 12 max)- run this. No messing about with the registry or services.

    I had a restart pending.. and with this running, it was still pending after the expiry of my active hours period.
     
    dalchina, Aug 31, 2016
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  12. Carnivore Win User
    It was delightful to learn that Windows had changed this when it rebooted my PC overnight while I had a notepad window open with stuff I was working on.
     
    Carnivore, Sep 1, 2016
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  13. dalchina New Member

    How to Prevent automatic restart in Windows 10 Anniversary Update?

    You need to make your feelings known to MS via feedback or their technet site. Expressing your feelings here can at best make you feel better.

    Solution/fix in my post above. You do need to be aware of changes MS make in their build upgrades; read about it first before deciding to apply it. If your edition allows, defer upgrades.
     
    dalchina, Sep 1, 2016
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  14. Carnivore Win User
    Blame the victim.
     
    Carnivore, Sep 1, 2016
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  15. dalchina New Member
    Sadly MS doesn't give us a nice neat list of changes to look at or accept... so the only option is to act defensively. It's a shame it's like that, but that's MS for you.
     
    dalchina, Sep 1, 2016
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