Change Windows Update Active hours in Windows 10

Windows 10 now includes a new feature, which allows the user to customize "active hours" during which you are expected to be using your PC or phone. No updates will be installed, and no restarts will be scheduled during those hours, so it seems to be a way to keep the user in control although the OS still doesn't let you manually install updates. Let's see how to change Windows Update Active hours in Windows 10.


If the user sets active hours, for example, between 10 AM and 3 PM, Windows Update will not disturb the user during that period. Only between 3 PM to 10 AM, Windows Update will perform its regular maintenance and downloads, install updates and restart.

How to change Windows Update Active hours in Windows 10

The Active hours feature comes with a valid range of up to 10 hours between the start and end time. By default, it is set to 8 AM (08:00 on 24 hour clock) for Start time and 5 PM (17:00 on 24 hour clock) End time. Here is how you can customize these values.

To change Windows Update Active hours in Windows 10, do the following.

  1. Open the Settings app. Windows 10 settings app
  2. Go to Update & security -> Windows Update. Windows 10 settings update and security
  3. There, you will see the Change active Hours link at the bottom:
    Windows 10 Windows update active hours link
    Click it.
  4. The following dialog will appear on the screen:
    Windows 10 active hours dialog
    Under Start time, set the desired time. Click on the current value to set the new configuration. When you click it, a drop down menu appears to set the new values for hours. Once you select the new value, click on the check mark to apply the changes:
    Windows 10 active hours set new value
  5. Repeat the same step for the End time parameter.

That's it. You are done. Using these simple steps above, you can easily adjust Windows Update active hours any time.

3 thoughts on “Change Windows Update Active hours in Windows 10

  1. GenialityOfEvil

    So what does it do if you just switch off the computer during the non-active hours?

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    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      it will postpone update for next non-active hours I guess.

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  2. TiredOfWindows

    I tried it. Windows limits the busy time to 1-12 hours. What I want is none of this nonsense, and just a big note on the screen that says Windows needs to reboot…and asks me when to do that. I can’t seem to find that option. Today, Windows shutdown my system, with email active and open files in my editor. Both corrupted…editor updates gone. I am so fed up with the cheer arrogance of the folks at Microsoft. Who the f*** do they think they are just rebooting my computer any time?

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