How to Disable Update Restart Notifications on Windows 10?

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To maintain the security and stability of Windows 10 PC, Microsoft keeps releasing the latest security patches and improvements. These security patches and new features are downloaded and installed automatically periodically. Most of the updates require a system restart to complete the installations. To ensure the updates are installed on time, Windows 10 keeps reminding us that a reboot is required. There is nothing wrong with notification as it provides the options to snooze, configure a schedule, or restart immediately. If you don’t want to restart your PC immediately, you can schedule for a later time.

Although these reminders are beneficial, they add unnecessary distractions that can break your workflow. It is especially unuseful for those who proactively install the updates manually. If you don’t want to receive notifications when a restart is required to apply the updates, Windows 10 includes an option to do the same. You can disable these notifications feature using the Windows Update settings or the Local Group Policy Editor.

How to disable Windows Update restart notifications using the Settings app?

Step 1. Click on the Settings icon from the Start menu.

Step 2. Click on Update & Security.

Step 3. Click on Windows Update.

Step 4. Under Windows Update, click the Advanced options.

Step 5. Turn off the toggle switch under Update notifications.

Once the above steps are completed, you’ll no longer see an annoying popup dialog notification to restart your computer to finish applying updates.

How to disable Windows Update restart notifications using Group Policy?

If you’re running Windows 10 Pro (Enterprise or education), you can disable notifications to reboot to complete setting up updates using the Local Group Policy Editor. If you are running Windows 10 Home Edition, you need first to enable Group Policy Editor (gpedit.msc), then you can do the rest of the procedures as mentioned below:-

Step 1. Open the Start menu and type gpedit.msc.

Step 2. From the available search results, click on gpedit.msc (Microsoft Common Console Document) to open the Local Group Policy Editor.

Step 3. Navigate to the following path:-

Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components

Step 4. From the right-side pane, scroll down and double-click on the Windows Update.

Step 5. Again, scroll down from the right side pane and double-click the “Turn off auto-restart notifications for update installations” policy.

Step 6. On the “Turn off auto-restart notifications for update installations” window, select Enabled option, then click on Apply and OK button.

Once the above steps are completed, restart your Windows 10 PC to apply the changes. Windows 10 will no longer send annoying alerts to restart your PC to complete the update installation from now onward.

If you want to see the notifications to complete the update installations, on step 6, select the Not Configured option.

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