Microsoft has made Windows Updates happen automatically through several years of different versions of Windows. This is to make sure you have the latest security, stability, and feature updates without having to think about it.
However, you do think about it when you computer suddenly restarts when you’re right in the middle of getting things done. Or maybe while you’re in the middle of an important TPS report, walk away from the computer to grab a snack, and come back and see your data was lost because it restarted.
This was especially a problem with Windows XP SP2, but in Windows 7 the issue was alleviated a bit by popping up a reminder letting you know there needs to be a restart, which you can set to remind you to do a restart up to four hours later. But it will keep nagging you until the restart is done. And Windows 8 gives you two days before the restart is required, and will usually do it automatically when your computer has been idle for some time.
Windows 10 will allow you to schedule the exact time and day that works best for you to restart to finish installing the updates.
To set this up, go to Settings > Update & Recovery. Then under Windows Update, select Check for Update, and if there is an update available, it will be downloaded and installed.
If one of the updates requires a restart to complete, you’ll see “A restart has been scheduled” section where you can select the restart time. Just select the time and day that works best for you to have it restart.
Automatic Windows Update restarts has always been an annoyance in Windows one way or another, but with the latest version of the OS, you will be in control. This is just one of the minor improvements coming to the new desktop OS…it’s the little things that make a big difference.