How to Schedule a Restart after Updates on Windows 11

This post shows students and new users steps to schedule a Windows Updates restart when using Windows 11. Windows allows you to schedule a restart after an update for up to 7 days. By default, after you update your computer, Windows prompts you to restart for the updates to apply immediately.

If you can’t do a restart at the time when prompted, you can schedule a more convenient time for when to install and apply the updates. Sometimes, you won’t get a notification if the updates were installed in the background while using your computer.

Windows will attempt to restart your computer automatically when you’re not actively using it or when the computer is idled. However, there might cases when you don’t want your computer rebooted. In situation like that, simply schedule the update for a later time.

The new Windows 11 comes with many new features with new user desktop, including centered Start menu and taskbar, rounded corners windows, themes and colors that will make any Windows look and feel modern.

If you’re exited about Windows 11, keep reading our posts on it.

To get started with scheduling a restart after Windows updates, follow the steps below.

How to schedule a restart after Windows Updates

As mentioned above, Window tends to restart after an update so that new features and security fixes can be applied. If you can’t do a restart at the time of the updates, you can simply schedule it, and the steps below show you how to do that.

Windows 11 has a centralized location for majority of its settings app. From system configurations to creating new users and updating Windows, all can be done from the System Settings pane.

To get to System Settings, you can use the Windows key + i shortcut or click on Start ==> Settings as shown in the image below:

Alternatively, you can use the search box on the taskbar and search for Settings. Then select to open it.

On Windows Settings pane, select Windows Update on the left to open to the Windows Update page. At the top of the page, under the Restart required or Restart scheduled message, click Schedule the Restart.

On the Schedule the Restart page, toggle the button under Schedule a time to turn the schedule On. Then use the Pick a time and Pick a day that you’d want your computer to restart.

After that, your computer will show a message with a scheduled date and time chosen that a restart scheduled.

Relax and go back to work. If your computer is on at the scheduled time, it will promptly restart and apply the updates.

That’s it!


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