I was right in the middle of working hard on my Microsoft Windows 10 PC, when all of a sudden, my machine wanted me to restart after update. A screen appeared that said “Restarting in 2 minutes, 41 seconds. Your PC needs to restart to finish installing important updates…” I didn’t want windows to restart now since I was in the middle of writing something important. Closing the window didn’t prevent the restart.
If you’re like me and want to prevent Windows 10 from restarting after an update, you can kill the Windows Update service. The following steps will kill the Windows Update service until you decide to restart the computer:
Option 1 – Command Line
The following steps will kill the Windows Update service until you decide to restart the computer.
- Press the Windows Key, then type “Command Prompt“.
- Right-click the “Command Prompt” option, then choose “Run as administrator“.
- A Command Prompt will appear. Type “net stop wuauserv” without quotes, then press the “Enter” key.
- A message should appear that says “The Windows Update service is stopping.” followed by “The Windows Update service was stopped successfully.“
Option 2 – Services Snap-In
- Press and hold the Windows Key and press “R” to bring up the Run dialog box.
- Type “services.msc” in the “Open” box, then select “OK“.
- The “Services” window will appear. Scroll down to the “Windows Update” service, right-click it, then choose “Stop“.
The prompt to restart Windows 10 should no longer bother you, and you can keep working. The service will be restored to normal operation after you restart your computer.
Why did this happen this time? I usually am never forced to restart after automatic updates.
If a series of updates are deemed important by Microsoft, they want them installed as soon as possible. In these cases, they try to force the user to restart as soon as possible.
I don’t like this at all. How can I prevent this from happening in the future?
You can configure your Windows Updates to not install automatically. You can do this from “Control Panel” > “System and Security” > “Windows Update” > “Change settings”. From there you can select the drop-down to an options other than “Install updates automatically”.
Note: If you’re in a work environment, you may not be able to do this as Group Policy may prevent users from modifying the setting.