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    Change Active Hours for Windows Update in Windows 10

    How to Change Active Hours for Windows Update in Windows 10
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    17 Jun 2018
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    How to Change Active Hours for Windows Update in Windows 10


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

    Starting with Windows 10 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.

    Starting with Windows 10 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.

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


     CONTENTS:

    • Option One: To Set Active Hours for Windows Update in Settings
    • Option Two: To Set Active Hours for Windows Update in Registry Editor
    • Option Three: To Set Active Hours GPO for Windows Update in Local Group Policy Editor
    • Option Four: To Set Active Hours GPO 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


    Any user on the PC will be able to change this setting that will affect all users.

    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, click/tap on the check mark in the menu, repeat for End time, and click/tap on Save when finished. (see screenshots 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


    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.






    Change Active Hours for Windows Update in Windows 10 OPTION THREE Change Active Hours for Windows Update in Windows 10
    To Set Active Hours GPO for Windows Update in Local Group Policy Editor


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

    If enabled, this option will remove the Change active hours link in Settings in Option One, and override Option Two.

    The Local Group Policy Editor is only available in the Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, and Education editions.

    All editions can use Option Four below.

    1. Open the Local Group Policy Editor.

    2. In the left pane of Local Group Policy Editor, navigate to the location below. (see screenshot below)

    Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Windows Update

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    3. In the right pane of Windows Update in Local Group Policy Editor, double click/tap on the Turn off auto-restart for updates during active hours policy to edit it. (see screenshot above)

    If any of the following two policies are enabled, this policy has no effect:

    1. No auto-restart with logged on users for scheduled automatic updates installations
    2. Always automatically restart at scheduled time

    4. Do step 5 (default) or step 6 (specify) below for what you would like to do.


     5. Use Default Active Hours GPO

    A) Select (dot) Not Configured or Disabled, click/tap on OK, and go to step 7 below. (see screenshot below)

    Not Configured is the default setting.


     6. Specify Active Hours GPO

    A) Select (dot) Enabled, and perform the actions below:
    • In the Start drop menu, select the start time you want for active hours.
    • In the Ends drop menu, select the end time you want for active hours.
    • Click/tap on OK, and go to step 7 below. (see screenshot below)

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    7. When finished, close the Local Group Policy Editor.

    8. Restart the computer to apply.






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


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

    If enabled, this option will remove the Change active hours link in Settings in Option One, and override Option Two.

    1. Do step 2 (specify) or step 3 (default) below for what you would like to do.


     2. Specify Active Hours GPO

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below.

    This downloadable .reg file will add the registry keys and values for you to make it easier to specify what you want starting at step 2D below.

    Add_to_registry_Active_Hours_for_group_policy.reg

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    B) Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

    C) When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

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

    E) Navigate to the key below in the left pane of Registry Editor. (see screenshot below)

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate

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    F) In the right pane of the WindowsUpdate key, double click/tap on the ActiveHoursStart DWORD to modify it. (see screenshot below step 2E)

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

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    H) In the right pane of the WindowsUpdate key, double click/tap on the ActiveHoursEnd DWORD to modify it. (see screenshot below step 2E)

    I) Select (dot) Decimal, type in an hour (ex: 17 for 5 PM) using the 24 hour clock format for the active hours End time you want, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

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    J) Close Registry Editor, and go to step 4 below.


     3. Use Default Active Hours GPO

    This is the default setting.

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below.

    Default_Active_Hours_for_group_policy.reg

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    B) Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

    C) When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

    D) Go to step 4 below.

    4. Restart the computer to apply.

    5. You can now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.


    That's it,
    Shawn


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  1. Night Hawk's Avatar
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       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.
    Last edited by Night Hawk; 07 Apr 2016 at 02:14. Reason: additional screens added
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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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  3. Brink's Avatar
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       30 Sep 2016 #3

    Thank you for the update Mike. :)
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  4. Night Hawk's Avatar
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       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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  6. Night Hawk's Avatar
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       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. Brink's Avatar
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       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.
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  8. Night Hawk's Avatar
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       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.
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