Disable automatic restarts in Windows 10 after installing Windows Updates

Last week a client asked me to disable automatic restarts of Windows Update. He used batch processing that took longer than 24 hours. He was therefor unable to use the Active Hours setting. Windows does not offer a dedicated setting to disable automatic restarts. However, there are several ways to disable Windows Update reboots.

How to prevent Automatic Restarts after Windows Update

1 Permanently disable automatic restarts: Rename Reboot file

The most effective way to disable automatic restarts, is to rename the reboot file. Keep in mind that Microsoft may release a patch that breaks this trick:

  1. Open Windows Explorer.
  2. Type or copy-paste the following path and hit Enter:
    windows update disable restart rename reboot
  3. Right-click Reboot_AC -> select Rename -> rename to Reboot_AC.old.
  4. Right-click Reboot_Battery -> select Rename -> rename to Reboot_Battery.old.
  5. Right-click inside the folder, select “New,” and click on “Folder”.
  6. Name the New FolderReboot“.
    windows update disable restart rename reboot.old
  7. Restart your computer.

2 Permanently disable automatic restarts: Disable UpdateOrchestrator Reboot task

In older builds of Windows 10, it was possible to disable the automatic restarts via the Task Scheduler. This seems no longer possible, but you can try:

  1. Click Start -> type Task Scheduler -> click Task Scheduler.
  2. Navigate to Task Scheduler Library -> Microsoft -> Windows -> UpdateOrchestrator.
  3. Right-click Reboot_AC and choose Disable.
  4. Right-click Reboot_Battery and choose Disable.

I faced the problem I could not Disable the Scheduled Task. I could change the actions or triggers, but that felt cumbersome. Changing the Reboot file names is easier.

3 Set Active Hours to your working hours

Do you use your computer for a maximum of 18 hours a day? Then you can still use the Active Hours setting. Your PC will restart in the 6 remaining hours. Here is how to set your Active Hours:

  1. Click Start -> type Active Hours -> Click on Change Active Hours.
    windows 10 change active hours
  2. Set the Start Time and End Time.
    windows 10 change active hours time
  3. Click Save.

4 Temporary disable automatic restarts: Pause Windows Update

You can pause Windows Update for up to 7 days. To set this up, do the following:

  1. Click Start -> type Pause Updates -> Click Pause Updates.
  2. Click Pause Updates.
  3. If you want to pause fewer days, click Advanced Options. Then click the desired date in Pause Until.
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Windows gives a shit about all these configurations. It will ignore settings and keep waking the computer and updating at will. I have all those tasks under UpdateOrchestrator disabled and there are still logs on having been triggered. Updating manually doesn’t solve the problem either. Why must this happen in hiding and despite the user’s will?


I did exactly as described, but the Reboot_AC file reappeared and the task re-enabled itself. Looks like it’s time to nuke the permissions again! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z9Jgw8ogrbE


You have to create a folder named Reboot_AC, not just “Reboot”. The point is to forever prevent Windows from restoring the Reboot_AC file because a folder with that name already exists.

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