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February 2, 2017
Manage Active Hours for Windows Updates

Another new feature that comes with the installation of the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, is an active hours setting. This feature allows you to set a period of time where your machine is usually active and it will schedule to restart your machine, after updates are installed, outside of your active hours.

When some Windows Updates are installed, it is necessary that your machine be restarted to finish the installation. So that your work (or play) time isn’t interrupted, restarts will not happen during the active hours you set.

This accomplishes two things: first, you won’t be in the middle of your work (or play) and all of a sudden, a restart is required to finish updating and you won’t have to save and close all your open windows in order to restart your computer. Second, this allows a systematic way of making sure your computer remains updated with the latest Windows protection.

To set Active Hours, click on your Start button and then click the Settings icon. The Settings icon looks like a sprocket and it is located just above your power button icon. Once your Settings page opens, click “Update & security.” Under the heading: “Update settings” click the “Change active hours” link.

Select the time you typically use your computer by clicking on the numbers shown. Once you choose a time, you must click the checkmark that appears at the bottom-left of the box. Continue to select your active hours and clicking the time and then the checkmark to save. Once you have your hours chosen, click “Save.”

Keep in mind, it only allows you up to a 12-hour window for active hours. It will not allow you to save anything longer than this period.

Once you make your choices, you can close the Settings page. Remember that if you are prompted to restart your computer during active hours, you can either click the “Restart now” button to do so or you can ignore it.

For 15 years, Scott Lindsay has helped tens of thousands of people better their skills, publishing more than 400 articles about Apple and Microsoft software, the computer and the Internet. You can reach Scott for comments or questions at

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