How to Schedule a Restart for Windows Updates on Windows 11?

With the default configuration of Windows 11, it automatically downloads and installs the updates from the Microsoft server as and when available. However, you can turn off Windows 11 automatic updates if you want. A small Windows Update restart icon appears on the Taskbar that suggests restarting your computer whenever the download is ready. It looks like two arrows curved into a circle shape.

But, what if you are doing some important job and don’t want to restart your computer? Is any way to schedule the restart on Windows 11? Yes, Windows 11 offers you to reschedule the restart. If a Windows 11 update is downloaded and ready to install, but you’re not prepared for a system restart yet, you can schedule a more convenient time for the update to install. You can guide your system to plan a restart within seven days from the current date.

Also Read: How to schedule a Shutdown in Windows 11?

How to Schedule a Restart for Windows Updates on Windows 11?

To schedule a restart for Windows 11 updates, use the following recommended steps:-

Step 1. Click the small Windows Update restart icon on the right side of the Taskbar that looks like two arrows curved into a circle shape.

Alternatively, press Windows + I keys to open the Settings app and click Windows Update in the right sidebar.

Step 2. On the Windows Update settings page, under the “Restart required” message, click Schedule the Restart link.

Step 3. Next, turn on the toggle switch “Schedule a Time.” Then use the “Pick a Time” and “Pick a Day” menus to select a time and date when you want to restart and update the system.

When you’re done, go back to the Windows Update page and check the restart schedule. You’ll see confirmation of your scheduled restart listed beside the large restart icon.

Anytime you wish to reschedule a Windows Update restart, you need to repeat the above steps. When the date and time of your computer match with the scheduled restart, your Windows 11 PC will reboot automatically and install the updates.

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