Windows Update - Use Custom Restart Time in Windows 10

    Windows Update - Use Custom Restart Time in Windows 10

    How to Use a Custom Restart Time for Windows Update in Windows 10
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    How to Use a Custom Restart Time 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 turn on or off using a custom restart time for Windows Update to override active hours in Windows 10.

    Note   Note
    You 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.




    Here's How:

    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)

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    3. Do step 4 (on) or step 5 (off) below for what you would like to do.


     4. To Turn Off Using a Custom Restart Time

    NOTE: This is the default setting.

    A) Turn off use a custom restart time, and go to step 6 below. (see screenshot below)

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     5. To Turn On Using a Custom Restart Time

    A) Turn on use a custom restart time. (see screenshot below)

    B) Select a time you want to schedule for this custom restart time, and click/tap on the check mark to apply.

    C) Select a day you want to schedule for this custom restart time.

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    D) Your device will now be scheduled to automatically restart at the time and date according to your schedule custom restart time. (see screenshot below)

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    E) Go to step 6 below.


    6. You can now close Settings if you like.



    That's it,
    Shawn



  1. Joined : Aug 2016
    Posts : 157
    Windows 10 64 bit, 1607
       2016-09-13 #1

    Hi Brink,

    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?
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  2. Joined : Oct 2013
    Posts : 17,432
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 15014
       2016-09-13 #2

    Hello Kol12,

    You'll only be able to actually set a custom restart time when you currently already have a restart scheduled.
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  3. Joined : Aug 2016
    Posts : 157
    Windows 10 64 bit, 1607
       2016-09-13 #3

    Brink said: View Post
    Hello Kol12,

    You'll only be able to actually set a custom restart time when you currently already have a restart scheduled.
    Where/how am I meant to have a restart scheduled?

    I'm currently downloading updates as normal (non-metered) I open WU today to find about 4 updates are ready to download with an available download button so I left it for now. I leave my PC for 10 minutes, come back and all but Cumulative update (KB3189866) have downloaded and installed themselves anyway. Is this the way it works? Do some updates download an install while the computer is idle?

    Interestingly I still have the prompt to manually download the Cumulative update (KB3189866)
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  4. Joined : Aug 2016
    Posts : 157
    Windows 10 64 bit, 1607
       2016-09-14 #4

    Brink said: View Post
    Hello Kol12,

    You'll only be able to actually set a custom restart time when you currently already have a restart scheduled.
    I understand now. It looks like cumulative update (KB3189866) is stuck at 95% which is probably why the scheduled restart hasn't been made...
    Last edited by Kol12; 2016-09-14 at 03:11.
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  5. Joined : Oct 2013
    Posts : 17,432
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 15014
       2016-09-14 #5

    Correct. Hopefully it has finished by now for you.
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  6. Joined : Aug 2016
    Posts : 157
    Windows 10 64 bit, 1607
       2016-09-14 #6

    Brink said: View Post
    Correct. Hopefully it has finished by now for you.
    Well no it hasn't unfortunately, it didn't complete last night so I shutdown. Restarted today and it's been at 95% for over 3 hours. Many people are installing it manually but some people have decided to wait. If it doesn't complete later tonight I don't know, maybe there will be no choice but to install manually.
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