How to block the automatic delivery of Windows Search 4.0 to Windows Vista SP1-based computers that have the Automatic Updates feature enabled

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INTRODUCTION

This article describes how information technology (IT) administrators can block the automatic delivery of Windows Search 4.0 to Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1)-based computers that have the Automatic Updates feature enabled.

MORE INFORMATION

To help customers obtain the most efficient integrated search experience, Microsoft will distribute Windows Search 4.0 for Windows Vista SP1 as a recommended update through the Automatic Updates feature. Windows Search 4.0 will be distributed as a recommended update shortly after the final version of the Windows Search 4.0 technology is released.

Note The updated version of Windows Search 4.0 was released on June 3, 2008.

For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
940157 Description of Windows Search 4.0 and the Multilingual User Interface Pack for Windows Search 4.0
For those organizations that want to block the automatic delivery of Windows Search 4.0 to computers in environments where the Automatic Updates feature is enabled, Microsoft is making batch script information available. This batch script does not disable the default setting that enables recommended updates.

Notes
  • This batch script will prevent computers from receiving Windows Search 4.0 as a recommended update through the Automatic Updates feature. Additionally, this batch script will prevent computers from receiving Windows Search 4.0 through the Express option on the Windows Update and Microsoft Update sites.
  • This batch script will not prevent users from manually installing Windows Search 4.0 from the Microsoft Download Center.
  • Organizations do not have to deploy this batch script in environments that are managed by an update management solution such as Windows Server Update Services or Microsoft Systems Management Server 2003. Organizations can use Windows Server Update Services or Systems Management Server 2003 to fully manage deployment of updates in their environments. This includes the Windows Search 4.0 update and updates that are released through the Windows Update and Microsoft Update sites.
To block the automatic delivery of Windows Search 4.0 in a Windows Vista SP1 environment, follow these steps.

Important This section, method, or task contains steps that tell you how to modify the registry. However, serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly. Therefore, make sure that you follow these steps carefully. For added protection, back up the registry before you modify it. Then, you can restore the registry if a problem occurs. For more information about how to back up and restore the registry, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
322756 How to back up and restore the registry in Windows
  1. Copy the following text into Notepad.
    @echo off
    
    reg add HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate /v DoNotAllowWS40 /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f
    IF NOT %errorlevel% == 0 ( goto ERROR)
    
    :SUCCESS
    @echo.
    echo ===========================================================
    echo  Windows Search 4.0 AU installation blocked successfully. 
    echo ===========================================================
    @echo.
    goto END
    
    :ERROR
    @echo.
    echo ===========================================================
    echo  FAILED to set registry keys to block Windows Search 4.0 AU installation.
    echo  Please run this script by right-clicking and selecting
    echo  "Run as Administrator."
    echo ===========================================================
    @echo.
    goto END
    
    :END
    Pause
    
  2. Save the text file by using the .cmd file name extension. For example, save the text file as "Block.cmd."
  3. Right-click the .cmd batch file, and then click Run as Administrator.
To reverse the Windows Search 4.0 blocking action that is described in the previous procedure, follow these steps.

Important This section, method, or task contains steps that tell you how to modify the registry. However, serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly. Therefore, make sure that you follow these steps carefully. For added protection, back up the registry before you modify it. Then, you can restore the registry if a problem occurs. For more information about how to back up and restore the registry, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
322756 How to back up and restore the registry in Windows
  1. Copy the following text into Notepad.
    @echo off
    
    reg delete HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate /v DoNotAllowWS40 /f
    IF NOT %errorlevel% == 0 ( goto ERROR)
    
    :SUCCESS
    @echo.
    echo ===========================================================
    echo  Windows Search 4.0 AU block removed successfully. 
    echo ===========================================================
    @echo.
    goto END
    
    :ERROR
    @echo.
    echo ===========================================================
    echo  FAILED to set registry keys to block Windows Search 4.0 AU installation.
    echo  Please run this script by right-clicking and selecting
    echo  "Run as Administrator."
    echo ===========================================================
    @echo.
    goto END
    
    :END
    Pause
    
  2. Save the text file by using the .cmd file name extension. For example, save the text file as "Unblock.cmd."
  3. Right-click the .cmd batch file, and then click Run as Administrator.

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Article ID: 953959 - Last Review: June 18, 2008 - Revision: 1.1
APPLIES TO
  • Windows Vista Service Pack 1, when used with:
    • Windows Vista Ultimate
    • Windows Vista Home Premium
    • Windows Vista Home Basic
    • Windows Vista Enterprise
    • Windows Vista Business
    • Windows Vista Enterprise 64-bit Edition
    • Windows Vista Home Basic 64-bit Edition
    • Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit Edition
    • Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit Edition
  • Windows Desktop Search
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