How To Change Quiet Hours Settings on Windows 10
Do you want to change the quiet hours on Windows 10, so as not to be disturbed? Here is how the practical guide that explains how to do it step by step.
Have you ever wondered why Windows 10 allows you to enable or disable the quiet hours, but not to set the times you would like?
Yes, we too, and we have found that by fiddling with the registry (with a little basic hacking), it is possible to remedy this annoying limitation imposed by the operating system. So how do you do it? Let’s find out together how to change the default quiet hours settings on Windows 10.
How to configure quiet hours settings on Windows 10?
First of all, it is necessary to specify better what we are talking about: the quiet hours are a novelty introduced since the days of Windows 8, which allow set the times during which we do not want to receive notifications on the pc.
For some absurd reason, Windows has decided to eliminate the customization of these hours on the new version of the operating system: an operation that instead Windows 8 allowed its users.
The only thing you can do, therefore, will be to switch the quiet hour’s button from On to Off, and vice versa, so as not to be disturbed from midnight to 6 in the morning. But there is also good news: you can change the times and customize the default quiet hours settings even on Windows 10, as long as you are willing to take a dip in the registry.
How to change the quiet hours on Windows 10 Home Edition?
If you own a copy of Windows 10 Home Edition, you can use the registry to change the quiet hours manually: an operation also allowed by the Pro and Enterprise versions, but definitely not recommended due to the delicacy of the aforementioned register.
If you choose to do it, be careful regardless of the release of the operating system: the registry, if modified incorrectly, can cause serious problems to the functionality of your computer. The advice, therefore, is from making a backup of your pc and registry every time you decide to change it.
How to change the quiet hours with the registry editor on Home Edition?
To start, you will have to open the registry editor. How to do? You will have to click on the button Start to type “Regedit” ” And then press Submit. And don’t forget to open the editor with I administrator permissions; otherwise, you will not be able to make any changes to your registry.
Once this is done, you will have to insert the inside of the left sidebar following text string:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER Software Policies Microsoft Windows CurrentVersion
The next step will be to create one new sub-key in the folder CurrentVersion registry: right-click on the folder displayed on the left, choose New and subsequently Key. Finally, rename the new key as “QuietHours”.
Once this is done, right-click on the newly created key, select New and then DWORD value (32-bit): subsequently, name the new value as “EntryTime” And repeat the operation again, creating a second value ” “ExitTime”.
Specifically, the first value indicates the start time of the quiet mode, while the second its term: to set and customize them, open them with a double click, set the option “decimal,” And enter the desired time in the ” “Value data”. For example, typing “120″ As the EntryTime value you will set the quiet hours from 120 minutes after midnight (so 2 in the morning):
by setting “600″ On ExitTime, however, will mark the end of the quiet hours for the 10 in the morning. Once this is done, simply close the registry editor for activating changes in real-time without restarting the pc or doing anything else. By deleting the QuietHours key or deleting its values, instead, you will bring everything back to normal.
How to change the quiet hours on Windows 10 Pro and Enterprise?
If you use Windows 10 Pro or Enterprise, the easiest way to customize the quiet hours is to use the local group policy editor: a very powerful tool that allows you to do many different things.
To start it, just click on Start, to type “gpedit.MSC” ” And press Submit. Once this is done, you will have to scroll the box to the left until you get to User configuration:
here you have to select “Administrative models”, ” “Start Menu and Taskbar,” and finally “Notifications”. On the right, you will see a folder containing, among the many settings, the two that interest you: “Set the start time for quiet hours” is “Set the end time for quiet hours”.
The next step will be to double click on the first file and modify its properties, setting the option “On” ” And setting the starting minutes of the quiet time starting from midnight, in a similar way to what was seen in the previous paragraph.
Also, customize the second file, and don’t forget to click OK when you’re done. Also, in this case, the changes will be effective immediately and, just as seen on the procedure for Windows 10 Home Edition, you can turn off the quiet hours at any time, simply by changing the values of the two files just mentioned or by setting them on the item “Not configured”.