HOWTO: Prevent Windows 10 from Rebooting After Updates

jack

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I ran into this problem recently where an algo I was running overnight was turned off thanks to Windows 10 taking it upon itself to reboot after an update. I hope this might save people who need to leave their Win 10 machines running for longer periods of time the same headache.

Unlike previous versions of Windows, there is no Control Panel setting to schedule a reboot time, or make it so the user decides when to reboot to apply updates. So we must dive deeper to stop Windows 10 from rebooting whenever it feels like it.

A simple method (that works for both Windows 10 Home and Windows 10 Pro) would be to disable the 'Reboot' task in the Windows Task Scheduler:

First) Launch the Task Scheduler application by clicking the start menu and searching for Task Manager:


Second) From the Task Scheduler, on the left side nav panel, find your way to the UpdateOrchestrator folder by following these breadcrumbs:

Task Scheduler Library > Microsoft > Windows > UpdateOrchestrator

Third) With Update Orchestrator selected, In the main panel find the "Reboot" item, right click on it, and select "Disable". A seen here:

You're done. Exit the Task Scheduler.

NOTE: You will be notified when Windows needs to reboot to complete an update. This is on you now, so don't apply these settings and 'forget' to reboot for critical updates.. they are still needed. Obviously I take no responsibility for anything that happens due to you following the steps I detailed above.
 

rod178

Well-Known Member
better that any algo be run on a VPS

I'm still running Win 7, when the day comes that I'm forced off I'll transition to Linux
 

Computater707

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rod178 said:
better that any algo be run on a VPS

I'm still running Win 7, when the day comes that I'm forced off I'll transition to Linux
FYI - Microsoft ends security updates for Windows 7 on Jan. 14, 2020.

perhaps this will be out of Alpha by then and usable for you (and me)
https://www.reactos.org
 

rod178

Well-Known Member
Computater707 said:
FYI - Microsoft ends security updates for Windows 7 on Jan. 14, 2020.

perhaps this will be out of Alpha by then and usable for you (and me)
https://www.reactos.org
Thanks, forgotten all about that project, although I suspect that Linux/Wine will be the more viable alternative ie to run MT4

some more on ReactOS
http://www.linuxinsider.com/story/83578.html
 

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