Sometimes Windows automatically downloads updates and then restarts your computer, even if you don't want it to at that moment. Change the dropdown from Automatic (recommended) to "Notify to schedule restart" Windows will now tell you when an automatic update requires a restart and ask you when you want to schedule the restart.
There's a way to work around this, however, in Windows 10 and a fix for earlier versions of Windows. After downloading updates, Windows 10 automatically picks a time to restart your computer for you, based on when you tend to not use it (e.g., 3 am), but that would depend on your computer being on at that time. You'll see the option to select the time and day (up to 6 days forward) in Windows Update like below.
You can stop automatic Driver updates in Windows 10/8/7.
If you follow this tutorial, you can block Windows from automatically downloading and installing Drivers, using Control Panel, Windows Registry or Group Policy Editor.
That’s all well and good if you want Windows 10, but it’s an enormous waste of space otherwise." data-reactid="19"That’s right, Microsoft is automatically downloading the new OS to Windows 7 and Windows 8 computers, regardless of whether or not the users reserved it.
Now in the RHS pane double click on Prevent Installation of Devices not described by other policy settings. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.Double-click on the DWORD and change the 0 value to 1. Now you just can reboot at a more convenient time for you.To disable Auto Updates in Windows-8 or customize, please press the key combination [Win-Logo] [R], then simply enter the /name Microsoft. See Image-1 Arrow-2), Likewise, you can open the Windows-8 Update (Image-1) via the "Control Panel" See: ... Please click in the Win 8 Control-Panel the icon (symbol)"Windows Update". Windows Update automatically installs important updates as they become available.However, it's not always ideal to just let them update without your permission.If you'd rather decide when apps should be allowed to be updated to the latest version then here is a step by step guide on how to stop them updating automatically.