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Windows 10 automatic updates are a nightmare - but this may helpYou can't always stop Windows from restarting to install an update, but these settings could prevent the surprise from happening at the worst time.
It's a nightmare all too familiar for Windows Users. Your in the middle of a project and without warning it strikes the dreaded automatic update. WIndows suddenly restarts your computer and you can't stop it and if you didn't save your work it's toast. The unstoppable update is one the of the biggest complaints about Windows and you can always find people gripping about it on Twitter. But Microsoft hails the forceful restart as a a good feature that keeps your computer secure. There are some things you can do to prevent the unwanted surprise. In settings, you can schedule a 12 hour window of time when And the computer will not automatically restart. This off-limits time is called Active Hours. Go to Settings, click Update & Security, and select Change active hours. By default it's set to not restart on you between 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM, but you can stretch this out to a 12 hour timeframe. You won't be able to avoid a restart indefinitely, and you need to have your computer on outside of Active Hours. Windows will pop up a notification that it is going to restart on you later in the day when active hours is over. If you catch that pop up you can go into restart options and push it back by six days at a certain time The only guaranteed way of not being surprised is to just check for updates regularly and restart it yourself. But if you use active hours, maybe you could prevent a restart during your typical busy time. For CNET, I'm Bridget Carey, wishing all Windows users the best of luck. And, remember, save your work. [MUSIC]