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Control the automatic updates feature of Windows 10

Mar 04, 2020

However, in some cases, like my friend, I complain about this feature because it significantly affects my work. Not only does it take a while to restart the computer, but sometimes even the operating system crashes.


A quick workaround in this case is to turn off the automatic update feature of Windows via Group Policy or disable this service in the Service. To do so, click on the Windows icon, type "service" into the search box and select Services (Desktop app).

In the Services window that appears, browse the list of operating system services and find the Windows update item. In Windows Update Properties, change the Startup type item value from Manual to Disable and select Stop under Service status. Click OK and from now on, you will not be bothered by Windows Update anymore.


Note: the above method only helps you handle the problem, not solve the nature of the problem. Shutting down Windows Update will make the operating system lose a protection mechanism that is more at risk from security threats. Instead, you should tweak the Windows Update settings so that it won't interfere with your work.

Fortunately, in the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, Microsoft added a new feature called Active Hours, which allows users to set a computer time frame, up to 12 hours a day.


In the Windows Update window interface, select Change active hours and customize the value of Start time and End time according to your working time. Click Save and restart the computer for the changes to take effect. Thus, during the period specified above, although automatically checking, downloading and installing new updates, Windows Update will not automatically restart the computer.
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