Windows 10: Windows 10 (updates) affecting work

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  1.    05 Jan 2018 #1

    Windows 10 (updates) affecting work


    As a graphic artist and 3D animator I often have to leave my pc on to render sequences overnight.
    Windows 10, "in all its wisdom", frequently reboots my machine to install updates against my better wishes.
    Last night it rebooted during a particularly important render which was for a client proposal today.
    In the end I had to explain and beg for forgiveness for wasting my client's time as I couldn't complete the render in time.

    I know there are other posts on this forum addressing issues related to Windows updates but so far nothing is particularly feasible for the average non-tech-savvy individual.
    Is there no way to make Microsoft aware of how this system is affecting productivity?

    I'm sure other's are sharing my frustration.
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  2.    05 Jan 2018 #2

    Reboots should be preventable if you specify 'Active Hours' appropriately in Settings.

    That is a GUI feature which has been available to all for the last few builds, and well reported in articles about Windows features.

    As your PC is key to your work, I can absolutely understand your frustration; if you have a Pro license, you have a lot more control of updates via Group Policy (delay,defer, set to Notify only...).

    Some have found it possible to set updates to Notify only (i.e. you have to approve their download) with Home editions (see e.g. Winaero's free tweaker for a convenient way to to this) - others have struggled to get that to work.

    Disabling updates altogether cannot be recommended - indeed MS has made this more technically difficult with build 1709.

    I also see this:
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    - I don't know if that's available in Home editions.
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  3.    05 Jan 2018 #3

    With active hours you can only delay updates for some hours so it eventually will update during the day, the option you show in your picture is greyed out so NOT USABLE, i have win 10 pro and it is greyed out too.
    For a work that need to run overnight maybe the best option is "Suspend Updates" (translated) it is not clear if this will work, if it will work only for quality updates, not security etc. etc. etc. of course we are talking win 10 pro.

    About the quite obvios drill "updates are for your security ... only d...b people do not update ..." i can surely say for me, but for many people
    as well: no one here is willing not to update at all but only to have an easy and clear way to control when updates will be done.
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  4.    05 Jan 2018 #4

    I got that screen yesterday and assumed that setting "Schedule a Time" from On to Off meant that it would just notify me at some point in the future to do the restart.

    Little did I know that it actually meant it would automatically schedule it for an hour in the future with no way to delay or reschedule.
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  5.    05 Jan 2018 #5

    As you have Pro please explore the Group Policy Editor (Winaero's free tweaker also provides 'Notify'):

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  6.    05 Jan 2018 #6

    dalchina said: View Post
    Some have found it possible to set updates to Notify only (i.e. you have to approve their download) with Home editions (see e.g. Winaero's free tweaker for a convenient way to to this) - others have struggled to get that to work.
    Thanks you for the feedback guys. Dalchina, I will look into your suggestion and see if it works for me.
    I just wish Microsoft would see how invasive and disruptive some of these processes are.
    They should give the user a bit more control...especially when you use a pc for work.
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  7.    05 Jan 2018 #7

    It is quite possible to have control with Pro - just not obvious how to achieve it.

    With updates set to notify, and Active Hours configured I've never had an unexpected restart, and can download updates when I start them downloading. Further, you can defer upgrades for up to 365 days.

    https://support.microsoft.com/en-gb/...-or-registry-s
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       05 Jan 2018 #8

    roy111 said: View Post
    ..the option you show in your picture is greyed out so NOT USABLE, i have win 10 pro and it is greyed out too..
    That option is only available (in Home or Pro) once an update has been downloaded, but before it has had the restart.

    As you have Pro, you can pause all updates....

    Turn On or Off Pause Updates for Windows Update in Windows 10

    ...or defer cumulative updates and other Quality Updates for up to 30 days, or Features Updates for up to 365 days.

    Windows Update - Defer Feature and Quality Updates in Windows 10
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  •    05 Jan 2018 #9

    Bree said: View Post
    That option is only available (in Home or Pro) once an update has been downloaded, but before it has had the restart.
    Didn't know that, thanks!
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  •    05 Jan 2018 #10

    dalchina said: View Post
    It is quite possible to have control with Pro - just not obvious how to achieve it.
    That's the point of my post, it seems overcomplicated for no reason, that's it.
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