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Effective Ways to Stop Windows 10 from Restarting after Update

author Emily Watson
date Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Windows 10 is a pretty powerful operating system, but one of its annoying features is that its updates are often followed by restarts automatically.

Windows Update Automatically

Although those restarts are set to ensure the latest improvements and security patches for your computer, they may interrupt your work and lead to data loss, especially when you’re editing something or rendering overnight. Before that happens, you can try the following methods to prevent restarts.

# 1. Rename reboot files

Renaming reboot files can help you stop Windows 10 from automatically re-enabling the Reboot task.

Step 1: Press Win + R to open the Run command.

Step 2: Copy and paste the following path, then click OK.


Step 3: Find the file named Reboot (no extension), right-click on it, and select Rename.

Rename Reboot Taks

Step 4: Rename the Reboot file to Reboot.old.

Step 5: Create a new folder and name it "Reboot" to prevent a task with the same name from being created again.

# 2. Enable No auto-restart with automatic installations of a scheduled update

This method is not supported by Microsoft but useful, which means you should use it at your own risk.

Step 1: Click on the Windows icon.

Step 2: Type Task Scheduler in the search bar and click the result.

Step 3: Right-click the Reboot task and select Disable.

Disable Reboot

# 3. Set Active Hours to Stop Windows Update in Working Hour

Change active hours will not prevent the device from restarting but arrange the restart at the right time, which secures both your device and the tasks you are working on.

Step 1: Go to Start > Settings > Update & Security > Windows Updates, then select Change active hours.

Step 2: Next to your current active hours, select Change.

Change Active Hour

Step 3: Choose the start time and end time for active hours. What if you've lost your data in a sudden restart? That will be awful!

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Step 2: Launch FonePaw Data Recovery and select data type to scan.


Step 3: Select the scan mode, "Quick scan" or "Deep scan". Either mode will finish in a short time. To be noted, "Deep Scan" will take more time to scan since it will find more items.

Deep Scan

Step 4: Check the scanned results by Type List and Path List.

Step 5: Tick what you like to recover among the listed scanned items.

For example, hit "Images" to restore the lost pictures on your disk (opens new window).

Step 6: Click on the Recovery button. The recovery will start immediately. Then the result will appear on a pop-up window after a while.

Recovery Finished

Then you can click Open Folder to view your data.

All done!

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