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.
Update: The valid range for active hours was increased from 10 to 12 hours in Windows 10 Build 1607. Starting with Windows 10 Build 1703, the OS comes with a 18 hour interval.
Here is how you can customize these values.
To change Windows Update Active hours in Windows 10, do the following.
- Open the Settings app.
- Go to Update & security -> Windows Update.
- There, you will see the Change active Hours link at the bottom:
- The following dialog will appear on the screen:
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:
- 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.