Since the launch of Windows 10, Windows Update has received a lot controversy about how Updates are scheduled. Previous versions of Windows gave users more control over updates. In Windows 10, Microsoft has made updates a mandatory part of keeping your system current. There is sound reasoning for this. I have come across computers that have rarely been updated, which can easily make a system vulnerable to attacks.
Of course, there needs to be a balance. One of the major complaints about Windows Update in Windows 10 is its disruptive nature. We have discussed how users can better manage Windows Updates. Windows 10 Anniversary Update, returns some control to users by providing more flexibility in scheduling when you can install updates.
How to Manage Windows Update using Active Hours
Click Start > Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update. Under Update settings, two new options have been added — Change Active Hours and Restart Options. If you will be busy using your PC during certain times of the day, and you can let Windows know, and prevent your device from automatically restarting.
Active hours must be 10 hours less (I think Microsoft could be a bit more flexible with this option, though).
Since my computer is normally on between the hours of 8 am to 12 am. For most business users, work hours are typically 8 to 4 PM, so this is reasonable outside of home use.
Once you have configured the hours when you are active, click the check box then click Save to confirm changes.
Active Hours does give users an option to set a grace period using Restart options. If you need more time before a scheduled update kicks in, you can override it. Click the Restart options link, then toggle on the custom restart time. Choose a time and day when you would prefer the restart to take place.
Active Hours and Restart options in Windows 10 Anniversary Update takes the confusion and risk out of trying to disable or block updates. What I like the most is how easy and straightforward the options are. There could be more flexibility, but the options provided especially with Restart options are quite reasonable. Users running previous revisions of Windows 10 will definitely welcome this change.