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How to Stop Windows 10 from Automatically Restarting

Updated on Aug 11, 2019 by Brithny to Todo Backup Resource

Summary:
Windows automatically downloads updates and then restarts your computer, even if you do not want it to at that moment. We can help! Read this article to find the most effective way on how to stop Windows 10 from automatically restarting.

Most Windows 10 users think that Windows 10 is an advanced OS that includes an extensive list of great features, but its tendency to reboot automatically to apply new updates is not one of them. Updates are necessary to ensure your device is in line with the latest improvements and security patches. However, automatically restarting is not a good experience.

Don't worry about having Windows 10 reboot loop or computer keeps restarting after system update anymore. Right now, you can find effective methods right here to stop Windows 10 from automatically restarting.

How to Disable Windows 10 from Automatic Restart

Method 1. Quick Access to Stop Windows 10 from Automatically Restarting

  • Open Start. 
  • Search for Task Scheduler and click the result to open the tool.
  • Right-click the Reboot task and select Disable.

Once you completed the steps, your device will no longer restart after downloading and installing new updates. However, new updates won't apply, and future updates won't install until you manually reboot your computer.

Method 2. Rename the Reboot File

  • Use the Windows + R keyboard shortcut to open the "Run" command.
  • Type the following path: %windir%\System32\Tasks\Microsoft\Windows\UpdateOrchestrator and click "OK".
  • Select the "Reboot" file without an extension, right-click it, and select "Rename".
  • Rename the Reboot file to Reboot.old.
  • Right-click on the folder, select "New" and click on "Folder". Then you can rename it.

If you want to revert the changes, go back to the UpdateOrchestrator folder and delete the Reboot folder and rename the Reboot.old file back to Reboot.

Additional Help to Stop Windows 10 from Automatically Restarting Without Data Loss

All the steps above may help disable Windows 10 from the automatic restart, but they may also cause data loss. To avoid losing data, you must backup important files, or if you want to backup all the data on your computer, you'd better make a full backup of your PC. To quickly and effectively finish this job, we need a free backup program to help us. 

Note: Before you start backing up disk or partition, please make sure that your target disk, partition or external storage device is empty and big enough for saving the backup images.

Step 1. If you want to backup hard drive disk or partition to an external storage device, connect the device to your PC/laptop.

Step 2. Launch and EaseUS Todo Backup on your PC and click "Disk/Partition Backup" at the left pane. 
Click the icon at the left top corner, and Disk/Partition Backup will show up on the pane. 

Select Disk/Partition backup mode to start backing up your disk

Step 3. Choose the disk or partition that you want to backup as the source disk.
And select the external storage device or a big enough disk as the destination disk to save the backup image of the selected disk/partition.

Choose the source and destination disk to backup computer to USB flash drive

Step 4. Click "Proceed" to start the disk/partition backup process.
When the process finishes, you can unplug or disconnect the external storage device.
And all the data will appear on the destination disk or storage device with a compressed form by taking small space.