How do I Stop Windows from Restarting?

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Every single day after work when I get to my home computer I find that it has, once again, rebooted itself. It shows there's a "pending update" that never is able to actually update. I've sat here while it tries, and I see the error that it couldn't complete the update so it is unsaving changes or whatever it says. I have researched how to stop auto-reboots, and nothing has worked.

I've tried disabling Reboot in the Taskscheduler under UpdateOrchestrator.
I've tried going into the Advanced Settings under Startup and Recovery and unchecked the Automatically Restart.
I've tried going into another area, that I can't remember, but I remembered that I changed the reboot to reboot.old and created a folder called Reboot.

NONE of that has worked, AT ALL.

The only things I haven't tried yet were the group edit policy, because I don't have it, and changing the regedit, which I can't do because I don't have the Windows > WindowsUpdate > AU it wants you to go to to be able to edit the registry.

I leave certain stuff up overnight for me to do when I get done with work, or sometimes I'm just tired of having to bring everything back up again every single day, because nothing has worked. I don't know if it's because of this damn update it's trying to push through and failing, but this is the umpteenth time I've tried something to stop rebooting, and it's getting more than frustrating.

Please help.
 

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Please tell us the problem update's KB number, if you run Windows Update that should show it.
Also, describe or provide a link to the registry fix you mentioned.

If you have Windows 10 Home that does not include Group Policy Editor.
 

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Please tell us the problem update's KB number, if you run Windows Update that should show it.
Also, describe or provide a link to the registry fix you mentioned.

If you have Windows 10 Home that does not include Group Policy Editor.
Hello. Here is the update it is trying to run, according to Windows Update: KB5005565

And here is one of the pages that talks about editing the registry. I saw it come up a few times across the various pages that I went to. It's about halfway down the page. This one talks about creating the WindowsUpdate folder, the other ones I came across acted like it was already there, so I was very confused by this, since in the Windows folder under HKEY_Local_Machine there wasn't a windows update folder on my computer.

I don't know if it's a viable fix, and try not to mess with the registry stuff if I can help it.
 

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As a temporary solution you can pause updates for up to 7 days on the Windows Update screen.
Also you can adjust the 'active hours' so it will not try to install an update when you are away from the PC.

This may help too :- https://www.itechtics.com/disable-bypass-pending-updates-restart-shutdown-windows-10/

I am no longer able to 'pause' updates, and I have it set to not reboot/update during active hours, but it's trying to update the same update, and fails each and every time. So my computer reboots every. single. night. and I'm really tired of it doing that, as I like to leave certain programs up overnight, such as game updates and such.

I will give the link a try.
 

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Now that I have time to look at the link, I'm not sure I'm understanding this correctly... Does using the run command 'net stop wuauserv' that it lists stop windows from updating and restarting? I keep my computer on, and have for years and years, updating when I wanted to, prior to getting Windows 10. So if I use this command I won't have to restart my computer until I want to, is that correct? Cuz I really am tired of Windows trying, and failing, to update every single night, since trying to disable windows update clearly doesn't work.
 

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That command disables Windows Updates by stopping the service that does the updating and should fix your problem for now. Restarting will let the service run again so you would have to run that command again but if you keep your computer switched on all the time that will not matter.
 

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I did as the page suggested, but I supposed I'll know tomorrow when I get on the computer if it worked or not.
 

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It is morning, and running net stop wuauserv most certainly did not work. As I woke up this morning and everything I left up was gone, and the computer, once again, rebooted trying to push through this damn update that's never going to go through.

I think I will try the registry trick and see if that works, since it's now the only thing I haven't tried yet.
 

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What update is it trying to install?
Need title and KB number!
 

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You can disable wuauserv by typing
services.msc
in the search area
then right click on the Windows Update service, click on Properties then on the text to the right of Startup type and select Disabled ten click on OK
You will have to restart the computer now and wuaserv should then be disabled and should stop Windows updating.
 
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After you stop the Windows Update service, Go to \Windows\SoftwareDistribution and rename the folder to SoftwareDistribution.old. This will make the previous downloaded updates unavailable. So whenever Windows Update decides to restart itself again, it will have to re-download the updates. What you probably have is an corrupted update. As long it keeps on retrying to install that one, it will restart in vain.
 

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By stopping the operating system from performing its updates, you don't solve the problem, but rather you create a bigger security problem. I believe that you have to solve the issue with the problematic update instead of hide it. You didn't reply to any of the questions Alan asked you above (Windows version, update number etc.).
 

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OP stated it's KB5005565 in post #3 but has not confirmed Windows version yet (which can be done by typing Winver then Enter after clicking on Start).
 

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Apologies for not getting back to the lot of you sooner, I had some family emergencies to deal with. I also had gone back through all of the interactions and I did not see where I was asked what version of Windows I was running. It was just stated if I ran Home version, I would not have the group policies, though I did state the KB update number in a response post.

Since my last post, the update that was giving me issues finally pushed through, and a second update had gone through as well according to the Update History, however I am still not able to stop Windows from rebooting every night despite having had the updates. I have done all I have stated above in a previous post, as well as the registry trick, which did not do it.

I had seen that I could stop the reboot from happening via the TaskScheduler, however when I try to stop the reboot_ac and reboot_battery, the only other reboot related tasks, it tells me I do not have admin permissions to do this. I thought I was admin since it is my computer? Is there a way to change permissions so I have full permissions on my own computer?

And before anyone gets upset and comes at me again, my version is Windows 10 Home.
 

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