Restart – Windows Blog by Brink


Schedule Restart for Windows Update in Windows 11

In Windows 11, you decide when and how to get the latest updates to keep your device running smoothly and securely. When you update, you’ll get the latest fixes and security improvements, helping your device run efficiently and stay protected. In most cases, restarting your device completes the update.

To finish installing an update, your device may need to restart. Windows will try to restart your device when you’re not using it by default. If it can’t, you’ll be asked to schedule the restart for a more convenient time, or you can manually schedule the restart anytime.

This tutorial will show you how to schedule a restart when required to finish installing updates for Windows Update in Windows 11.

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Restart (Reboot) Windows 11 Computer

Restarting the computer will sign out all users, shut down the computer, and then automatically reboot the computer.

When shutting down your PC, any open supported apps are registered for application restart. After restart, these apps will re-open automatically when you sign in.

This tutorial will show you different ways on how to restart your local Windows 11 computer.

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How to Turn On or Off Automatically Adjust Active Hours in Windows 10

Windows Update keeps Windows 10 updated by downloading and installing the latest updates, drivers, and hotfixes released by Microsoft.

Starting with Windows 10 build 14316, you can now set the time in which you are most active on your device by changing active hours. Active hours lets Windows know when you usually use this device. When a restart is necessary to finish installing an update, Windows won’t automatically restart your device during active hours.

When a restart is scheduled, you can use a custom restart time to temporarily override active hours and schedule a custom time to finish installing the current update(s). When your computer restarts on the scheduled custom time, custom restart time will automatically be turned off, and Windows Update will only restart outside of active hours again. You can also manually turn off custom restart time at anytime if you change your mind.

Starting with Windows 10 build 18282, Windows can automatically adjust active hours for you based on your device activity.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off letting Windows automatically adjust active hours for you based on your daily usage to avoid rebooting your Windows 10 PC to finish installing a Windows Update.

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How to Turn On or Off Auto Restart when Windows 10 Crashes while in Kiosk Mode

You can use the assigned access (Kiosk mode) feature in Windows 10 Pro, Windows 10 Enterprise, and Windows 10 Education editions to restrict a local standard user account on a PC so that it only has access to a single Universal Windows Platform (UWP) app you select.

When you set up and account with the assigned access feature, the user does not have access to the desktop, Start Menu, or any other part of the PC. The account can only access and use the selected UWP app.

To exit assigned access, press the Ctrl+Alt+Del keys.

Starting with Windows 10 version 1809, Microsoft introduced a simplified assigned access configuration experience in Settings that allows device administrators to easily set up a PC as a kiosk or digital sign. A wizard experience walks you through kiosk setup including creating a kiosk account that will automatically sign in when a device starts.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off to not show an error and automatically restart when the device crashes while in kiosk mode in Windows 10 Pro, Windows 10 Enterprise, or Windows 10 Education.

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