How to stop Win10 from updating itself while you are working?

  1.    12 Nov 2016 #1

    How to stop Win10 from updating itself while you are working?

    I just had a most unpleasant experience with Windows 10, I would like to find out how to prevent it from happening in the future. I was in the middle of typing up a long album description in Picasa when Windows decided to just reboot to install updates. There was no option to postpone the update until I had finished typing. Admittedly I had previously deferred Win10 from updating (also because I was in the middle of doing something), but I think it's unacceptable to just quit and reboot itself without presenting the user with an option to cancel or do it later. Here is a screencap of my Windows update settings. Thank you.
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  2.    12 Nov 2016 #2

    The only sure way is to disable Windows Update in Services. You just have to remember to enable it again when you are finished with your work.
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  3.    13 Nov 2016 #3

    Thank you, I found another post on this topic with a gpedit setting that I have not tried yet, if that doesn't work i'll try disabling the service.
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       13 Nov 2016 #4

    On Update page check Change Active Hours and also Restart Options.

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  5.    14 Nov 2016 #5

    There's a very long current thread on this topic.
    A possible solution to stop Win10 from auto-rebooting after updates. - Windows 10 Forums

    You might like to try Winaero's tweaker (free) which has a fully documented tweak to block unwanted restarts.
    First use built-in Active hours (but limited to 12 hours max, frustratingly) as mentioned by Phone Man.

    See also
    Windows Update Automatic Updates - Enable or Disable in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums
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