Windows 10: How to prevent Windows 10 from rebooting automatically? Solved

  1.    09 Feb 2018 #1

    How to prevent Windows 10 from rebooting automatically?


    Ever since I updated to Windows 10, I feel like all control of my computer now belongs to Microsoft rather than myself.

    The bottom line is that Windows 10 occasionally thinks restarting my computer is a good idea, and it doesn't matter if I have unsaved work open. It will simply just close it down. How Microsoft could ever think this was a good idea is beyond words. I would like to put a thousand bad words aimed at Microsoft here, but I will keep it civil.

    So, how do I prevent Windows 10 from restarting? It appears to mostly do this overnight. I have looked through the Windows settings, and I have turned off the "schedule a time" option under "Restart options." This doesn't change anything though since it still reboots whenever Microsoft thinks it's a good idea to do so.

    How do I prevent this without "hacking" Windows? There simply must be a way to do this through its settings, however, I wouldn't be surprised in the least if it isn't possible (Microsoft logic).
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  2.    09 Feb 2018 #2

    Bottom line- why is it restarting? You need to be sure of that to decide what to try.

    If you look at your Update History, is there any correlation between some updates (not all require a restart) and your PC restarting?
    (You should also be able to see your updates listed in Reliability History.

    But your PC could be restarting because of software or hardware problems.
    You could possibly find more from your event log.

    Considering updates, you may know that in Settings you can set Active Hours which is intended to define a period (max 18 hours) during which a restart will not occur. Clearly that's not 24 hours.

    Do you have Home or Pro?

    If you have Pro you definitely have more control of updates. Some have had success setting updates to Notify (before downloading etc) in Home too using a registry modification, or the same more conveniently via a 3rd party tool such as Windows Update Minitool (free), which is worth looking at, and offers disable/enable and notify settings for updates.

    By default, updates and upgrades will be applied automatically, and a restart is possible, about the worst choice possible.
    Pro upwards offer an option to pause updates up to 35 days.
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       09 Feb 2018 #4

    Also check that you do not have Automatically restart enabled after a system failure. This will provide a better chance for you to see that a BSOD event has occurred and read on the screen any information about what might have caused it.

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    To get to these settings type advanced in the search box and select View Advanced System Settings. Then select the start-up and recovery section.
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  5.    09 Feb 2018 #5

    You could use Nirsoft's Bluescreenview (free) - a quick way to see if you've had any BSODs, assuming you haven't e.g. run ccleaner and deleted the dmp files.
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  6.    09 Feb 2018 #6

    Thanks for the advice. I use WIndows 10 Pro.

    It is not related to crashes. My system is stable as a rock. It's just that these automatic restarts caused by the geniuses over at Microsoft are very much the same as intentionally induced crashes. No other way to put it.

    I will use the "gpedit.msc" as my solution. It's just unbelievable though that you need to do these things just to disable something so basic. It really shows just how little Microsoft knows about what their customers want. I find it mind-boggling, really.
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  7.    09 Feb 2018 #7

    Enable or Disable Windows Update Automatic Updates in Windows 10 Windows Update Activation Tutorials
    Option 1 step 6 = Notify.

    Or use a free tool for convenience- useful in other ways too:
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    More you can explore e.g.
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