use my sign in info to automatically finish setting up my device after an update

Automatically finish setting up after update

Updates require to restart your PC and sign in to Windows in order to finish installing the update, which means you might sign in to Windows and find you can’t use your PC until the update is finished. Windows 10 helps prevent this from happening by allowing Windows to use your sign in info to create a special token.

This token is used to automatically sign in after a restart, finish setting up your PC, and then lock your PC to help keep your account and your personal info safe.
To use this option, select the Start button, select Settings > Update & security > Windows Update > Advanced options, and then select the check box next to Use my sign in info to automatically finish setting up my device after an update.
It’s recommended you turn on BitLocker when using this option. This option isn’t available if your PC is joined to a domain or if work or email policies are applied to your PC.

35 thoughts on “use my sign in info to automatically finish setting up my device after an update”

  1. You might wanna explain a little more in “f’er example” terms…….cause I STILL don’t know what you’re talking about.

    How about storytelling mode:
    e.g.
    Say you’re going to sit down for a day of work on your computer……and…..and…

    or
    Say you’re getting ready to go to bed and you go to shut down your computer, then, suddenly…….yada, yada, yada.

    This might help explain what the heck this feature IS……when I would USE it……and WHY I should turn it ON.

    Otherwise, I (and I’m sure others) have no clue what you mean.

    1. I don’t understand what it means either. If it means that when the computer is restarted after an update and Windows opens within the usual 2 minutes, as with other times when you might restart it – then that would be great, because my computer usually takes about 25-35 minutes to reboot after an update restart. But it doesn’t actually say that – or does it?

    2. What on earth are you struggling to understand Mr Scott? The description is as clear as a bell.

      Perhaps you should re-read it a little slower and follow the steps in the second paragraph to see the process in action.

      1. Unfortuntely a computer is a tool not a hobby.
        I also do not understand a lot of the techie words in use, what is BitLocker? what is the bit about joining a domain all about? the list is endless.

  2. Will this also use your sign-in info to bypass the system password (the one at BIOS level) should you have one set?

  3. I understand what this Log-in feature is going to do ….. I will allow your computer to finish the “install” after the updates…. But my question is …. where is the Control we used to have for installing updates? In common language… I am preparing for the most important meeting in 6 months…. I turn off my computer and Auto Updates start… So, I go about my business…shower & shave and pack my turned off computer. I get to the meeting, turn on the computer and the updates start installing ……. after 20 minutes… the meeting breaks up…. with the Egg on my face…. 5 hours later…… my PC is still updating…

    A fluke? not really …. the same thing happened on Saturday while I was home two weeks ago….

    I want full control over when updates occur….. preferably, when I am sleeping…. not in the middle of the fu_king day!

    1. John,
      You are ABSOLUTELY right! And I’m glad that you gave a business example, because it just demonstrates how callous M’soft is about user needs.

      “Supposedly”, you can schedule the download and restart for non-peak hours, or a specific time, but that’s the “ideal” situation; all we professionals have “ideal” schedules, don’t we?

      **MY** honest “fix”- I take my machine into the rest room with me, and when I am “facing east”, launch update to accomplish it’s (necessary functions), IYKWIM. 😉 MANY times, I have had to leave my (tablet) there, on, and plugged in charging, to let update finish (perhaps if I could administer it some “digital prune juice” … ??? … IDK).

      Best of luck to you, John, it your pursuits!

    2. You do have the option for when your computer updates occur. Type “Window Updates” into the search bar. Then click on “change active hours” to set the hours you want to receive updates.

    3. I could not agree more – and the updates just seem getting longer and loner. yesterday Microsoft did its thing without telling me and here I sat using my Iphone for the rest of the day. Came in this am – like 15 hours later and it is still updating then finally I forced a shut down the restarted the computer and hit all the F keys and
      Dell came up and did whatever it did for 30 minutes and somehow – finally up came access to my computer – BUT it is now like 20 minutes later asking me to restart and finish with updates. Really WTF!
      Frustrated Micorsoft User!! Karen

    4. ‘Quiet hours’ setting is the answer to your (and countless millions of other’s) problem. This setting will prevent the update process hijacking your system during busy, ie NOT quiet, hours. Type the term into the search bar and you will be able to easily get to the settings page where you can set the hours when you will not be using your computer, the updates will use this period to expedite the updates and leave you unhindered during your working day.

      1. ***EDIT***

        This setting USED to be called Quiet Hours, but has now changed to Active Hours, so the updates will only be done OUTSIDE the hours you set. And yes, limiting the Active Hours to at most 12 hours is a bit annoying if you have a heavy workload and work all hours God sends.

      2. We set the Active Hours on the server for our small network to 8 AM – 6PM. We have just endured a 2 hour update starting at 2 PM, so something else needs to be done (or MS just doesn’t care about Active Hours). BTW: The computer is showing the correct time.

  4. We have to submit and obey Microsoft’s computing laws because only god knows what is best for our needs. We are meager humans and have no right to question the computer gods who have given us their amazing technology to help us grow and transform into one of their kind. Just accept their indoctrination and go with the flow and eventually you won’t need to worry about how and when information needs to be downloaded – when your brain is chipped everything will be automatic and you won’t even notice! In fact you won’t have to worry about anything because the great computer god will have everything under control.

    1. It is not funny. If you lose 2-3 days of any kind of work, eg. statistical calculations interrupted by updates. You might tolerate it for some time. However, if it happens “on a regular basis” or as a “standard procedure” and you cannot swith it off, then it is untolerable.
      We might start thinking that the Computer God – obviously created by Microsoft – is stupid,
      and His Horizons are rather limited; just at the level of Microsoft or Microsoft’s Father/s.
      Another possibility is that the artifial, imperfect God is getting free and evolves into something unknown which, unfortunately, overtakes our freedom to make us like He is.
      Would you like or accept it??

      B. Smith mentioned peak-hours. Have you tried to change Microsoft peak-hours [8-17h]?
      I tried to take under control updates changing my peak-work-hours from 8 to 23 or 0, the answer was this period has to be < 12h.

    1. I’m going back and get a Mac I’m just sick of all the housekeeping that I have to do with this Windows POS!

      1. I completely agree. My next computer operating system will NOT be Microsoft, but Linux is just too esoteric for me. I no lo9nger want to be a computer expert as I used to be: I simply want to be an end-user who is not required to know very much at all. That’s the way it used to be and that’s the way it should be.

  5. I, too, am experiencing frustration with this days-long update process. They say it will help if I give them access to reboot (okaaay, that makes me a little nervous!) and then some warning about locking your “bitlock”. And then nothing about how to do this with your bitlock. What’s up with that? and will it stop this nonsense? I am totally frustrated….

  6. I too am totally frustrated. Tried to finish contract with time crunch and was shut down FOREVER with updates and restarts. What happened to being able to schedule when not working. Only 12 hour span now? Are they kidding? Had choice of windows and another MAC. Maybe made the wrong choice. And what’s the deal with automatically changing the desk top bkg!

  7. Hi Folks,

    For me the worry here is that if MS update is able to use our personal login password then that will make it less secure in some way? Does it then store your pass in a different place, so that it can be detected remotely?
    What about face recognition, finger print and other forms of identification?
    It may just mean that MS will be allowed to bypass the usual login process and therefore so will any hacker who figures out how they do it.

    For those who are using their PC for an important event, why not just take the updates on your own terms by updating manually well before the event?
    Updates are available on their site before they are forced on you.
    Start button/Settings/Update & security – “Check for updates”.

    This is an interesting solution, but involves a bit of *king about, why MS can not just give us a warning and let us choose a time i can not fathom?
    http://www.thewindowsclub.com/make-windows-10-notify-you-before-downloading-or-installing-windows-updates

    Linux is actually a very real alternative these days with Gui and ease of use somewhere between Windows and Mac, you can make a multi-boot system along with Windows and try it out?

    We now have faster CPU’s faster memory, faster internet, better designed software, yet Windows update takes longer than ever… go figure…

    1. For me the worry here is that if MS update is able to use our personal login password then that
      will make it less secure in some way? Does it then store your pass in a different place, so that it
      can be detected remotely?

      A one-time token is generated which Update uses then discards.

      What about face recognition, finger print and other forms of identification?

      Your typed password is used to generate the key. all other methods
      are the ones you set up only after you had set a typed password.

      It may just mean that MS will be allowed to bypass the usual login process and therefore so will any hacker who figures out how they do it.

      Update doesn’t bypass the login, you give it permission to log in.
      The key generated is used solely by Update and is kept secure.
      Exactly how this works I am not sure, but it is safer than you think.

      Linux is actually a very real alternative these days with Gui and ease of use somewhere between Windows and Mac, you can make a multi-boot system along with Windows and try it out?

      Agreed

      We now have faster CPU’s faster memory, faster internet, better designed software, yet Windows update takes longer than ever… go figure…

      … I tried, I failed.

  8. I simply want to say when I want my PC to re-boot. That’s all! Please can we have that control back?

    1. Settings/ Update and Security/ Update Settings/ Restart Options.
      This will let you set a time to restart your computer for updates. This will also override active hours.

  9. I have the same issues with this update process as well as One Drive, One Note, One Microsoft God! Google is just as bad or worse. And see all the customers having problems, but I don’t see them being answered, addressed, or even acknowledged. Where is the answer? I don’t see any answers?

    And to the person(s) going to Mac and Linux. I’m right behind you. I’m not familiar with Linux but am very familiar with Mac and am only here because I figured I’d give it a try after my Mac Laptop died of Old Age and Old Software (not up gradable) so I will also be on the way to a Mac Store asap. Unfortunately they have also adopted the User Forum as a replacement for Customer Service so you still will encounter the same non response service as you do do everywhere else.

    Welcome to the Digital Age! Isn’t it Wonderful? Please do not reply if you are an Automated Response or a non Human.

  10. I run science calculations 24×7.

    MS Update reboots my computers when I am not active – and I lose hours of work.

    I want the new updates to download automatically – and ask me to install them. Then I can do so when it is convenient for me to reboot and re-initiate my work.

      1. Also on the same settings tab; Restart Options. This will let you set a time to install the updates. It will also override active hours, so no more pesky interruptions 🙂

      2. Not on my copy of Settings/Update. I cannot see any such option. The only surefire way to control update timing I know is to disable the update service and start it manually when I want it, and I do NOT recommend that to anybody.

        I agree by the way that we, the customer, should be able to decide what, whether, when and how updates should get applied.

        I remember when my PC did what I wanted when I wanted. I remember when I was travelling a lot for business what it was like when I had to GO and lose my broadband connection and needed to make sure that my pc was in a state in which I would be able to use it again without a rebuild.
        And by the way I am doing this on BRAND NEW pc which I have spent most of the last week getting into shape – and not being amused by things like taking 2 hours (!!!) to make a recovery drive and over 6 hours (!!!) to optimise the (terabyte) C drive which had gotten to be 19% fragmented(!!!) because of all the updates to be loaded since the machine left the factory….and which of course I really had no choice but to let run when MS wanted them to..(.And dont bother suggesting it was my fault because I had a virus or some such nonsense. Mbam ran in under 4 minutes and came up clean.) I also went round in circles trying to get a win7 backup to finish clean – another 4 hours of frustration. (If I go to “Check Settings”, please DONT START the backup until I tell you and why for heavens sake cant you give the default user all the folders that backup is going to expect?)

        It is very obvious that whoever makes or approves these decisions doesnt live in the same world as the rest of us. I understand that Microsoft feels it has to compete with Apple, but killing the client loyalty base is not I think likely to be a successful gambit. A lot of us dont want to use the cloud, like and need BIG old fashioned drives, do not have their pc’s on 24/7 and have to do most of our own support. And as I recall, we were the people who paid Microsoft zillions of dollars for those privileges, so being treated like mushrooms does not make us very happy.

  11. right click windows menu. choose run. type “services.msc” without quotations, hit enter. click “standard” tab at bottom. scroll to “windows update” and double click. choose disabled from dropdown menu and click “apply”.
    this will disable update completely. you will have to re-enable and manually check for updates then disable when you are finished. you will not be notified of available updates.

  12. I’m just taking a little comfort to discover other people have the same experience, deep frustration and inconvenience as I have with Windows Update.

    It’s so sad that in trying to emulate Google, Microsoft is not only failing, but has Lost Its Way.

  13. its really irritating. updates must be handle by us. it takes long time to get update.please do correct such sytem structure.

  14. My next computer operating system will NOT be Microsoft, but Linux might be too esoteric for me – I just don’t know right now. One thing I DO know without any shred of doubt is that I no longer want to be a computer expert: I simply want to be an end-user who is not required to know very much at all. That’s the way it used to be and that’s the way it should be. I should be notified when updates are available, and I should be empowered to control when they are downloaded, and when they are to be applied. I should also be given a realistic estimate of the total time required to download and the time needed to apply them so that I can plan the time I intend to use my computer for whatever purpose I choose.

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