How to Schedule a Restart Time for Windows Update in Windows 10
InformationWindows 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.
See also: Providing customers with more choice and control in Creators Update
This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off to schedule a custom restart time for Windows Update to override active hours in Windows 10.
NoteYou will need to make sure that your device is plugged in at the scheduled custom restart time, or your computer will be unable to restart.
If a restart is not currently scheduled by Windows Update, then the restart options below will be grayed out.
- Option One: To Schedule a Time to Restart for Updates in Notification
- Option Two: To Schedule a Time to Restart for Updates in Settings
OPTION ONETo Schedule a Time to Restart for Updates in Notification
1. If you get a We've got an update for you notification asking if you're ready to restart now to finish installing updates, click/tap on the option below in the notification for you want to do: (see screenshot below)
Option Description Restart now The computer will be restarted now to finish installing updates. Pick a time Go to step 5 in Option Two below to schedule a time to restart. Snooze Will pause the update process completely for three days.
OPTION TWOTo Schedule a Time to Restart for Updates in Settings
1. Open Settings, and click/tap on the Update & recovery icon.
2. Click/tap on Windows Update on the left side, and click/tap on the Restart options link under Update settings. (see screenshot below)
3. Do step 4 (off) or step 5 (on) below for what you would like to do.
NOTE: This is the default setting.
A) Turn off schedule a time, and go to step 6 below. (see screenshot below)
A) Turn on schedule a time. (see screenshot below)
B) Pick a time you want to schedule for this custom restart time, and click/tap on the check mark to apply.
C) Pick a day you want to schedule for this custom restart time.
D) Your device will now be scheduled to automatically restart at the time and date you set. Go to step 6 below. (see screenshot below)
6. If you like, you can also turn on or off show more notifications.
7. You can now close Settings if you like.
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Under use a custom restart time my on/off switch is greyed out so I can't turn the feature on. It was working the last time I used it so I'm not sure whether it's something I've changed that may be causing this. Would you have any ideas?