Windows 10: Win update “Notify to schedule restart" missing after recent update?
Win update “Notify to schedule restart" missing after recent update?
Before the recent update, in windows update “Advanced Options” screen, I selected “Notify to schedule restart” so my PC will not restart by itself after an update, as mentioned in this article How to Schedule Restarts for Updates in Windows 10
Yesterday after windows update, “Notify to schedule restart” is missing (see screenshot below). Now the PC will restart automatically after a Windows update. I have unsaved documents lost when it restarted by itself yesterday.
How to get back the “Notify to schedule restart” option? I only want to manually restart my PC after an update. Thanks
Hi, how do you get it back? It's changed slightly. You need to go back one from that screen, click restart options.
Note there is also now a 12 hour max 'active hours' period you can specify which stops restarts in that period.
I cannot set anything in my restart options, everything is greyed out, why? (I have clicked on the toggle "off" and it does not turn it on)
By the way, I prefer to restart manually instead of setting a time. I usually leave my PC turned on forever and only lockscreen when I am not using it.
It's self explanatory. Please read carefully, noting the condition specified.
The 'Active hours' setting is the one you can change any time. The above is supplementary to that. That's why.
Does it mean that after new updates are downloaded and ready to install, the restart options will pop up? Only at that time the restart options will be ungreyed?
What happens if I am not around to schedule the restart? I mean sometimes I am not around my PC for long hours.
Windows Update Active Hours could only be set for 12 hours, I set it from 8AM to 8PM. There is no way to stop it restarting manually.
When I was not at the PC (PC was turned on, nobody is using it) yesterday after 8PM, the PC restarted by itself and I lost some unsaved data. Very sad.
How can I restart my PC manually?
I am using Windows 10 Home 64-bit Operating System, x64
I was thinking what happens to people working overtime on their Windows 10 PC, they might go to the toilet or have a dinner and come back to see all their work that was done halfway disappeared due to Windows 10 auto restart.
Hi, options vary from stopping Windows update in various ways and hence allowing or doing updates manually - with all the complication related to that - to setting it to notify you.
If you use a tiny utility (free) called 'Don't Sleep' - or similar- you can block restarts. I can't say I've definitively seen this work, as my experience, unexpectedly, without any special modifications, is that I am notified of a restart- even outside Active hours. I've never had an unexpected restart- even when the update download completed after the A Hour period, or completed during it and was pending after it.
You may also like to have a look at this:
Download Windows Update MiniTool - MajorGeeks
Well-behaved programs like Office or Thunderbird save (or can be set to save) data periodically while you're typing or working on it, minimising potential loss. But of course there are other situations..
When you use 'Don't Sleep', do you still need to set active hours in windows update settings?
Why do you say "I can't say I've definitively seen this work", it seems to work well for you since you mention that you did not have any unexpected restart.
To answer both questions I've not been able to do a definitive test to determine if Don't Sleep definitely blocks restarts. Think- how would you test that? How often is there a restart required? I've not always had it running, and still not had an unexpected restart. Once when it was running with a pending restart set during Active hours and I closed Don't sleep, I still didn't experience an automatic restart.
It is however a reasonable presumption that a program that does block these things may have the desired effect, unless MS update restarts somehow override the block. So worth trying given MS's peculiar approach here.
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