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    Change Active Hours for Windows Update in Windows 10

    Change Active Hours for Windows Update in Windows 10

    How to Change Active Hours for Windows Update in Windows 10
    Published by Category: Windows Update & Activation
    12 Mar 2017
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    How to Change Active Hours for Windows Update in Windows 10

    information   Information
    Windows Update keeps Windows 10 updated by downloading and installing the latest updates, drivers, and hotfixes released by Microsoft.

    Starting with Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 14316, you can now set the time in which you are most active on your device by adjusting active hours. 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.

    When a restart is scheduled, you can use a custom restart time to temporarily override active hours and schedule a custom time to finish installing the current update(s). When your computer restarts on the scheduled custom time, custom restart time will automatically be turned off, and Windows Update will only restart outside of active hours again. You can also manually turn off custom restart time at anytime if you change your mind.

    This tutorial will show you how to avoid Windows Update automatically installing updates and restarting during active hours on your Windows 10 PC.

    Note   Note
    Starting with Windows 10 Insider Preview build 14942, Active hours valid range is now up to 18 hours instead of the previous 12 hours between start and end time.

    The default active hours is 8 AM (8 on 24 hour clock) for Start time and 5 PM (17 on 24 hour clock) End time.


    CONTENTS:
    • Option One: To Set Active Hours for Windows Update in Settings
    • Option Two: To Set Active Hours for Windows Update in Registry Editor


    EXAMPLE: Active Hours in Windows Update
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    Change Active Hours for Windows Update in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Change Active Hours for Windows Update in Windows 10
    To Set Active Hours for Windows Update in Settings

    1. Open Settings, and click/tap on the Update & security icon.

    2. Click/tap on Windows Update on the left side, and click/tap on the Change active hours link under Update settings. (see screenshot below)

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    3. Set the Start time and End time to the active hours you want by clicking/tap the hour for Start time, select an hour in the menu, select AM or PM in the menu, and click/tap on the check mark in the menu, repeat for End time, and click/tap on Save when finished. (see screenshot below)

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    4. You can now close Settings if you like.






    Change Active Hours for Windows Update in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Change Active Hours for Windows Update in Windows 10
    To Set Active Hours for Windows Update in Registry Editor

    Note   Note
    You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to do this option.


    1. Press the Win+R keys to open Run, type regedit, and click/tap on OK to open Registry Editor.

    2. If prompted by UAC, click/tap on Yes.

    3. Browse to the registry key below in Registry Editor. (see screenshot below)

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\WindowsUpdate\UX\Settings

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    4. In the right pane of the Settings key, double click/tap on the ActiveHoursStart DWORD to modify it. (see screenshot below step 3)

    5. Select (dot) Decimal, type in an hour (ex: 8) using the 24 hour clock format for your active hours Start time, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

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    6. In the right pane of the Settings key, double click/tap on the ActiveHoursEnd DWORD to modify it. (see screenshot below step 3)

    7. Select (dot) Decimal, type in an hour (ex: 17) using the 24 hour clock format for your active hours End time, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

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    8. Close Registry Editor.



    That's it,
    Shawn



  1. Posts : 3,357
    W10 Pro x64/W7 Ultimate x64 dual boot main - W10 Pro Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64 - remote pc
       07 Apr 2016 #1

    I have to wonder if Option Two would work on an earlier build since that involves the new registry entries. Still have a few VMs as well as the main to see upgrade from the 14295 to the new 14316 build to give this a try on!

    And the answer to that is... YES! That will hold off the 14316 on the main for a bit until later about noonish or so!

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    That was right there once the manual edit was seen to and was set to see how the latest build will schedule itself.
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  2.    30 Sep 2016 #2

    Active hours valid range is up to 10 hours between start and end time.
    FYI. I just tried to change this and if I pick a large range, Windows says it can be between 1 and 12 hours. I'm on 14393.222.
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 16199
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       30 Sep 2016 #3

    Thank you for the update Mike.
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  4. Posts : 3,357
    W10 Pro x64/W7 Ultimate x64 dual boot main - W10 Pro Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64 - remote pc
       30 Sep 2016 #4

    14393.187 or the Redstone 1 update here. The updated screen shows it set for 12hrs. here.

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    10pm at night until 8am being the set start time and end time. Often if I get on in the late afternoon I will find a new desktop shortcut for things other then from the regular Windows Updates(WU) when a 3rd party app is automatically updated on it's own which can include a browser or other app like PaintNet. You can't include those in any schedule unfortunately since those come in totally separate from the WU.
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  5.    01 Oct 2016 #5

    Brink said: View Post
    Thank you for the update Mike.
    No problem. Previously my active hours were set to 5 AM to 11 PM, which was new since a couple of builds ago. After the .222 update I noticed that my active hours were changed again, so I tried to set it to what it was and then I noticed I could no longer do that. So I think MS is 'finetuning' these settings...
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    W10 Pro x64/W7 Ultimate x64 dual boot main - W10 Pro Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64 - remote pc
       01 Oct 2016 #6

    As 10 has been progressive MS has been tweaking things every so many builds on a number of items. The ability to set the Active schedule to 16hrs. or longer however is a bit overkill as far as limiting the time allowed for the WU to operate on it's own and MS has a better idea there!
    (whatever suits their schedule the best? "he said what?!" )
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  7. Posts : 20,721
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 16199
    Thread Starter
       07 Oct 2016 #7

    Starting with Windows 10 Insider Preview build 14942, Active hours valid range is now up to 18 hours instead of the previous 12 hours between start and end time.
      My ComputersSystem Spec


  8. Posts : 3,357
    W10 Pro x64/W7 Ultimate x64 dual boot main - W10 Pro Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64 - remote pc
       07 Oct 2016 #8

    That will good for the next major update while I was right in the middle of a pc game during the scheduled hours and an AMD64 cumulative update forced a restart! I can only caution that the schedule even extended won't necessary stop 3rd party interventions.
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  9.    08 Oct 2016 #9

    Brink said: View Post
    Starting with Windows 10 Insider Preview build 14942, Active hours valid range is now up to 18 hours instead of the previous 12 hours between start and end time.
      My ComputerSystem Spec


 
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