1. Joined : Mar 2016
    Posts : 6
    Windows 10
       27 Oct 2016 #1

    Temporarily disable Windows Update Reboot


    Hello all, I'm about to have a meltdown caused by Win updates. I'm trying to recover data from a 8TB drive, and it's taking an unusually long amount of time (1+ week), but it's progressing and about done. The drive in question is on it's last leg and the BIOS fails SMART, I don't know if I'll have another chance to run this drive for a week. Is there any way to completely disable the reboot until this process is done? I googled this a few times, and there were a few things that made sense, but they were somewhat dated and comments led me to believe that policy updates no longer allowed this. In a corporate environment, auto reboots are a cool idea, but for home use it's not such a swell idea..
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  2. Joined : Jan 2015
    UK, Midlands
    Posts : 6,215
    Win 10 Pro (1607)
       27 Oct 2016 #2

    Try Winaero's Tweaker (free) - there's an option there. (Just search for it)

    See discussion here:
    A possible solution to stop Win10 from auto-rebooting after updates. - Windows 10 Forums
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  3. Joined : Mar 2016
    Posts : 6
    Windows 10
       27 Oct 2016 #3

    Thanks for the quick reply. Seems to be a handy tool. The method that takes (task scheduler) is an approach I tried, however in settings it states that it's still set to reboot. Does the settings menu not reflect the change with task scheduler?
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  4. Joined : Jan 2015
    UK, Midlands
    Posts : 6,215
    Win 10 Pro (1607)
       28 Oct 2016 #4

    I can't comment on that definitively - but they are two separate mechanisms- not necessarily designed to function in an integrated way.
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  5. Joined : Mar 2016
    Posts : 6
    Windows 10
       28 Oct 2016 #5

    So I disabled the reboot trigger in task scheduler. And because I had a wild hair, and I know how M$ is about getting their way about menial stuff, I swapped out the script to run from "reboot" to "lock PC". It never did reboot, but it was locked this morning. My PC only locks after a restart or cold boot, there's no timer for locking it. After logging back in and looking, the script was re-enabled and was set to default restart. So I guess until I can pull all the data off of the drive, I'll have to do a daily routine and edit that scheduled task.
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