Microsoft will enable Windows 10 users to choose when security updates are installed once they arrive rather than enforcing them straightaway, BBC reports.
Users have complained that the reboots required for some updates, which cannot currently be deferred, are disruptive.
People using Windows 10 devices will now be able to schedule an update within three days of receiving notification, the firm said in a blog.
However, delaying security updates can be risky, experts say.
Apple customers can already delay Mac Operating System updates or opt for them to be automatically installed overnight - which includes carrying out any essential reboots.