When you hear critics for Microsoft’s Windows operating system, you’ll likely hear about untimely updates as being one of the issues that they’re yet to get right.
Microsoft once would give you an option to “Update and shutdown” whenever you want to shutdown the computer and there was an update that Microsoft wanted to install. The update would then complete upon rebooting the computer the next time you wanted to use it. Many people didn’t appreciate not being able to use their computers the next time went to turn it on because there might have been important things that needed addressing and yet they had no choice but to wait around for Windows to complete its update.
Microsoft’s solution to this conundrum is to now still update computers when they shut down but to also finish the updating process by automatically finish setting up a computer after an update by signing into your account when you’re not there, if you have this option enabled.
The feature named “Use sign-in info to auto finish after Update or Restart” is referring to the completion of the software updates after you have reboot the computer, but mentions “sign-in” because technically you’re also having to sign in to your Microsoft account before you start using the computer. The new auto-finish feature should result in taking much of what people disliked about Windows updates away.
Windows 10 can automatically sign in to your user account to finish installing updates by creating a special token. The token will then handle signing in after the reboot, finish updating so the PC is ready for use again, and then lock the PC as well so no one else can use it before you come back.
Option One: Turn On or Off Use Sign-in Info to Auto Finish Setting Up Device and Restart Apps after Update or Restart in Settings
Open the Settings application and click on the Accounts link from the Windows Settings menu.
From the Accounts’ menu, click on Sign-in options and then under the Sign-in options heading in the right side of the window toggle on or off the Use my sign-in info to automatically finish setting up my device and reopen my apps after an update or restart. (click to enlarge screenshot below)
Option Two: Turn On or Off Use Sign-in Info to Auto Finish Setting Up Device and Restart Apps after Update or Restart in Registry Editor
Note: You must be signed in to an administrator’s account to do this option.
1. Open the Command Prompt and copy and paste the
wmic useraccount get domain,name,sid command and press the Enter key on your keyboard.
2. Take note of the SID number because you’ll need to know what it is when you’re using the Registry Editor in the next step. (click to enlarge screenshot below)
3. Open the Registry Editor.
4. Using the Registry Editor’s left side, navigate through to the following keys: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\UserARSO
5. Under the UserARSO key when it’s expanded, click on the same SID that showed up for your account in the Command Prompt during step two above.
6. Double-click on the OptOut DWORD in the right pane and then change the value to 0 (default) if you want to turn it on or 1 if you want to turn it off.
Option Three: Enable or Disable Use Sign-in Info to Auto Finish Setting Up Device and Restart Apps after Update or Restart in Local Group Policy Editor
- You must be signed in to an administrator’s account to do this option.
- You will only find the Local Group Policy Editor from Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, and Education editions.
1. Open the Local Group Policy Editor.
2. From the Local Group Policy Editor’s left pane, click on the Computer Configuration >Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Logon Options folders.
3. From the Windows logon Options right pane, double-click on the Sign-in and lock last interactive user automatically after a restart policy. (click to enlarge screenshot below)
4. From the Sign-in and lock last interactive user automatically after a restart policy window, choose between Not configured (to enable), Enabled (to enable) or Disabled (to disable) and then click on the OK button at the bottom of the window.
(This article was last updated on May 13, 2019.)