By default, your Windows 11 PC doesn’t tell you when an update requires a reboot to finish installing. If you’d like to be notified about such updates so you can restart your PC and finish the update, you can enable an option on your PC. We’ll show you how.

Get a Notification When an Update Requires a Reboot

To enable notifications for when an update requires a reboot, first, open the Settings app on your PC. Do this by pressing Windows+i keys together.

In Settings, from the left sidebar, select “Windows Update.”

Click "Windows Update" in Settings.

On the “Windows Update” page, click “Advanced Options.”

Select "Advanced Options" on the "Windows Update" page.

In the “Advanced Options” menu, turn on the “Notify Me When a Restart is Required to Finish Updating” option.

Tip: To stop receiving update reboot notifications, turn off the “Notify Me When a Restart is Required to Finish Updating” option.

Enable "Notify Me When a Restart is Required to Finish Updating" on the "Advanced Options" page.

And that’s it. Your PC will now notify you when you have an update that needs a reboot to finish installing.

If you decide you want to put off an incoming update, you can always pause updates on Windows 11.

Profile Photo for Mahesh Makvana Mahesh Makvana
Mahesh Makvana is a freelance tech writer who specializes in writing how-to guides. He has been writing tech tutorials for over a decade now. He’s written for some of the prominent tech sites including MakeUseOf, MakeTechEasier, and Online Tech Tips.
Read Full Bio »

The above article may contain affiliate links, which help support How-To Geek.