If a Windows 11 update is available but you’re not ready for a system restart yet, you can schedule a more convenient time for the update to install within 7 days of the present date. Here’s how to set it up.

When there’s an update available in Windows 11 (and Windows wants to restart your system to install it), you’ll see a small Windows Update restart icon in your taskbar near the clock. It looks like two arrows curved into a circle shape. Click this icon once.

(Alternately, you can press Windows+i to open Settings, then click “Windows Update” in the sidebar.)

After clicking the icon, Windows Settings will open to the “Windows Update” page. Near the top of the page, under the “Restart required” message, click “Schedule the Restart.”

On the “Schedule the Restart” page, click the switch under “Schedule a Time” to turn it “On.” Then use the “Pick a Time” and “Pick a Day” menus to select a time and date when you want the restart and update to take place.

In "Schedule the Restart," flip the switch "On," then use the menus to set the date and time for the restart.

After that, go back one screen (by pushing the back arrow in the upper-left corner of the window once.) You’ll see confirmation of your scheduled restart listed beside the large restart icon.

The scheduled restart will be confirmed in a message on the Windows Update page.

If this time is wrong, click “Schedule the Restart” again and correct it. If it’s exactly as you expect, close Settings. At the time and date you set, your Windows 11 PC will restart automatically and install the update.

Note that you can also temporarily pause updates up to one week using the “Pause for 1 week” button on this same page. Good luck!

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