Disable Windows Update Active hours in Windows 10

Windows 10 Anniversary Update introduced a new feature - Windows Update Active hours. We covered it in detail HERE. Windows 10 allows you to disable this feature in the Settings app. If you found no use for Active hours and would like to hide it from Settings, here is how it can be done.

To disable Windows Update Active hours in Windows 10, you need to apply a simple Registry tweak.

Note: as of this writing, Windows 10 Anniversary Update is in development. The information provided below is tested on the latest build of Windows 10 available, build 14316. It may stop working in future builds.

How to disable Windows Update Active hours in Windows 10.

Do the following.

  1. Close Settings.
  2. Open Registry Editor.
  3. Go to the following Registry key:

    Tip: See How to jump to the desired Registry key with one click.

  4. Create a new 32-bit DWORD value here called IsActiveHoursEnabled and set its value data to 0. Even if you are running 64-bit Windows, you still need to create a 32-bit DWORD value.Windows 10 disable Active hours
  5. Open Settings and check if you still have Active hours there.


Active hours enabled

After:Windows 10 Active hours disabled

The IsActiveHoursEnabled parameter accepts the following values:
1 - Enable Active hours.
0 - Disable Active hours.

To restore defaults, simply delete the parameter IsActiveHoursEnabled and you are done.

Here you can download ready-to-use Registry files to apply this tweak:

Download Registry Files

That's it.

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

6 thoughts on “Disable Windows Update Active hours in Windows 10”

    1. Indeed, this no longer works, but you can disable the reboot task in task manager, rename the task in explorer, then stuff it into another folder with the same name “Reboot”, then it stops windows from rebooting after updates unless you tell it to

  1. Simply going to the same Registry location as above and then deleting the two keys that showed when Active hours started and ended worked for me. Sadly I have deleted them and can’t now remember what they were called. However, their names were pretty self explanatory. I do remember that

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