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Windows 10 - How to stop auto restart ?

Windows 10 - How to disable auto restart completely?

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Every now and then Windows 10 forces your PC restarts and just closed everything that you were working. Here we introduce some methods to stop the automatice reboot feature.

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

  1. Open Start
  2. Search for Task Scheduler and click to open the tool.
  3. Right-click the Reboot task and select Disable.
  4. From here, you will need to change the permissions for the task so that Windows can’t use it at all. The task is located in the following location:
         C:\Windows\System32\Tasks\Microsoft\Windows\UpdateOrchestrator.

    It’s called Reboot and it does not have an extension. You will need to make yourself the owner of the file by following the instructions below. In most cases, the Windows operating system will prevent you from doing any operation on system folders and files. If this happens, you will need to take ownership and get full access to the folders and files by reading this article.

    • Right click on the Reboot file and select Properties from context menu.
    • Now select the Security tab to access the NTFS permissions and click on the Advanced button.
    • Once in the Advanced security window, click on Change link located next to the Owner: label.
    • Click on the Advanced button on the next window that comes forth.
    • Now you will be on the select user or group page. Click on Advanced so we can select which accounts are available.
    • Click on Find Now to search for an account to which you can grant the ownership to.
    • Once you have selected the user to whom you wish to transfer the ownership to, press Ok and save changes.
    • Now we need to grant your account full access. Right click on the file/folder and click on Properties from the list of options.
    • Navigate to the Security tab so we can access the NTFS permissions.
    • Click on the Advanced. Now you will see all the permissions listed regarding each account in front of you. Under the Permission tab, click on Add.
    • Now you should click on Select a Principal so we can add your account.
    • Again you will be seeing the Select User or Group window in front of you. Click on Advanced so we can browse through all the accounts.
    • Click on the Find Now button to list all the account to whom permission can be granted.
    • Locate your account from the list and click on Ok and save changes. Make sure you click on Disable inheritance in the Advanced Security Settings window.

      Make sure that no account has write access, not even your own. Please also ensure you disable any inherited permissions for the file from the Advanced button on this screen, to override any existing permissions on the root folder.

    • You can do this by accessing the Reboot’s properties and checking the permissions for each user. Click on the SYSTEM option at the top and deny all permissions except Read & execute and Read.
  5. Repeat the same process for all users.
  6. Once this has been set, you won’t need to worry about that scheduled task any more.

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

  1. Use the Windows key + R keyboard shortcut to open the Run command.
  2. Type the following path and click OK:
         %windir%\System32\Tasks\Microsoft\Windows\UpdateOrchestrator
  3. Select the Reboot file without an extension, right-click it, and select Rename.
  4. Rename the Reboot file to Reboot.old.
  5. 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.