I have a Windows 10 managed machine and I want to prevent the forced restart requested by Software Center software.

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Thanks to the post stop-an-sccm-scheduled-reboot by @Peter.

  1. Make sure you have administrator rights on the running windows. (If you don't this solution is not for you)
  2. Download/Extract the sysinternals-suite https://download.sysinternals.com/files/SysinternalsSuite.zip
  3. Create and save a .cmd file with the following contents
    taskkill /F /IM SCnotification.exe
    pssuspend.exe CcmExec.exe -nobanner
    shutdown -a
  4. Run the windows terminal with administrator privileges, and from there execute the .cmd (I named the file stop-software-center.cmd)
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  5. Check that the CcmExcec.exe process was suspended. enter image description here

This just adds to acabra85's answer, but you don't need SysInternals Suite.

You can try stopping the CcmExec service from Task Manager > Services, I believe you need to have administrator rights for this. This kills the SCNotification.exe as well (the window with the timer).

Run the shutdown -a command to abort the scheduled reboot (if any).

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