Featured - How to disable update restart notifications on Windows 10

We’ve previously covered how to stop Windows automatically restarting after an update, but what if you just want to disable the Windows 10 update notification? They can interrupt what you’re doing, cover a game UI element at a crucial time, and more. Well, today we’re going to show you two ways to get rid of them for good.

Before we do, however, it’s worth adding the usual disclaimer. Windows updates are very important for the continued stability and security of your operating system. If you do not regularly update, you risk opening yourself up to vulnerabilities that are out in the open but not patched on your PC.

Should you disable Windows 10 update notifications?

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That said, if you’re in the (good) habit of applying updates when you turn off your PC for the day, you may find these notifications unnecessary. In such cases, knowing how to stop Windows 10 update notifications will save you a lot of pain. So, here’s how you can do it using Settings and the Group Policy Editor:

How to Stop Windows Update and Restart Notifications via Settings

The most user-friendly way to stop Windows 10 update notifications, is, unsurprisingly, through Microsoft’s settings app. Just bear in mind that Microsoft may be sneaky and enable notifications again after a feature update. Here’s how you can do it:

  1. Open Settings
     

    Press the Start button, then click the settings cog, above the power button. Alternatively, press Windows + I.

    Windows 10 - Open Settings

  2. Click “Update & Security”
     

     

    Windows 10 - Settings - Open Update & Security

  3. Click “Windows Update” in the sidebar, then “Advanced Options” in the main pane
     

     

    Windows 10 - Settings - Update & Security - Windows Update - Open Advanced Options

  4. Scroll down to the “Update notifications” heading and disable Windows 10 update notifications
     

    The toggle is under the description, “Show a notification when your PC requires a restart to finish updating”.

    Windows 10 - Settings - Update & Security - Windows Update - Advanced Options - Turn Off Show a Notificaion When your Pc Requires Restart

  5. Optional: Toggle off “restart when a restart is required” 
     

    You’ll find this under “Update options” with the description “Restart this device as soon as possible when a restart is required to install an update. Windows will display a notice before the restart”.

    Windows 10 - Settings - Update & Security - Windows Update - Advanced Options - Turn Off Restart this Device When a Restart is Required

How to Disable Windows Update and Restart Notification via Group Policy

Windows 10 Pro users can use the Group Policy Editor instead of settings, which allows them to easily apply the change to multiple users:

  1. Open the Local Group Policy Editor
     

    Press Start and type “gpedit.msc”, then click the top result.

    Windows 10 - Open Gpedit

  2. Go to “Computer Configuration – Administrative Templates – Windows Components – Windows Update”, then double-click “Turn off auto-restart notifications” in the main pane
     

     

    Windows 10 - Gpedit - Browse to the Path - Open Turn Off Auto Restart

  3. Tick “Enabled” and press “OK”
     

    That’s it! Windows 10 update notifications should no longer show for your defined user.

    Windows 10 - Gpedit - Browse to the Path - Turn Off Auto Restart - Enabled - Ok

How to Roll Back Updates and Check Your Windows 10 Update History

Now that you know how to get rid of the Windows 10 update notification, you may be wondering whether your PC has already updated without your knowledge. You can follow our update history guide to check, then use our rollback guide if you need to go back to a previous version for compatibility.

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