Prevent Windows 10 From Automatically Restarting After Installing Updates

This is pretty much straight from the user Windos on the forum. Just like with enterprise applications of group policy, the local group policy changes made above are just a set of easier to make registry changes. Unless you’re comfortable changing values in the registry, I recommend biting the bullet and putting up with automatic update installation on your Windows 10 Home machine.

  1. Go to Start and type “regedit” and hit enter.
  2. Go to “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate\AU”
  3. Right-click and create a new DWORD. Name it “AUOptions, and enter the value “2” or “3”. As with the Local Group Policy Editor changes in the above Windows 10 Pro section, “2” will notify before beginning downloads, and “3” will automatically download but only notify that updates are ready for installation.
  4. Restart your computer. Unlike group policy, registry changes require a reboot to take effect.
  5. Remove this registry entry (or change the value to “1”) as soon as you can to get back on the regular update schedule from Microsoft.