Windows 10: "Active hours" limitation Solved

  1.    14 Dec 2016 #1

    "Active hours" limitation

    I work from home and need my computer operating from about 8-AM to as late as 2-AM the next morning.
    This is a 18 hour span. How can I set my "active hours" to accommodate this? MS only lets me set "active hours" to a maximum span of 12 hours. Since 6 hours of "non-active" time is plenty of time for MS to install updates I see no reason for this 12 limit.
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  2.    14 Dec 2016 #2

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    Obscurely, I'm always notified of a pending update, and even if that is still pending after the active hours period, I don't get any automatic restarts occurring.
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       14 Dec 2016 #3

    Set your active hours from 2pm to 2am fro example. Windows usually checks for updates as soon as you boot, then it downloads and installs them ASAP, but sets restart after active hours, so in your case it should be around 2:30 am.
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  4.    14 Dec 2016 #4

    TairikuOkami said: View Post
    Set your active hours from 2pm to 2am fro example. Windows usually checks for updates as soon as you boot, then it downloads and installs them ASAP
    But I don't boot daily- the computer is on 24/7- so wouldn't any updates downloaded before 2-pm be auto-installed?
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  5.    15 Dec 2016 #5

    If you are using pro, latest insider versions allow you to increase time to 18hrs. Also latest has more control over updates allowing deferment.
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  6.    17 Dec 2016 #6

    I have the home version. But I recently read somewhere that if you set your wifi as "metered service" MS-UDs won't download until you permit them. If this is the case, it will solve my problem since I can then control when they install and wont have anymore surprise UDs trashing my open files. I hope this works.
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  7.    17 Dec 2016 #7

    Windows Update Minitool Download Windows Update MiniTool - MajorGeeks

    Turn the option to 'notify only or download only' and do the updates with the tool when you want them to happen instead of when the system wants them to happen.
    Last edited by Wullail; 17 Dec 2016 at 11:17.
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  8.    17 Dec 2016 #8

    Thanks for the MajorGeeks link Wullail. I'm going to see if the "metered service" solution works since it is so simple.
    If it doesn't I will try the MajorGeeks MiniTool.
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