How to configure automatic updates by using Group Policy or registry settings

Introduction

If you are logged on as a Computer Administrator or a member of the Administrators group, you may be prompted from the notification area to configure the Automatic Updates feature in Windows.

For more information about the availability of the Automatic Updates feature and how to configure and use it in Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP, see Microsoft Knowledge Base article 306525: How to configure and use Automatic Updates in Windows.

For advanced users or IT Professionals, this article describes the following methods that you can use to configure the Automatic Updates feature:
  • Use Group Policy
  • Change the registry
Configure Automatic Updates by using local Group Policy
Loading policy settings by using Group Policy in Active Directory directory services
Configuring Automatic Updates by editing the registry
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Article ID: 328010 - Last Review: Jul 12, 2013 - Revision: 1

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