Saturday, January 17, 2015

How to Change Windows Update Settings Bypassing Group Policy

When you are trying to change Windows Update settings, you are getting "Some settings are managed by your system administrator" message and drop-down box to change Windows Update settings is disabled.

This happens because your IT administrator has changed Windows Group Policy and set some deault settings for Windows Update. But suppose you sometimes use internet connection that has limited bandwidth pack. In that case you would probably like to save some bandwidth and download Windows Update files later. You would want to choose "Check for updates but let me choose whether to download and install them" option. Here is a quick solution to bypass Windows Group Policy and enable the drop-down options for Windows Update.
  • Open Registry Editor. You can do it by typing "regedit" in Start search box.
  • Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows
  • Look for key WindowsUpdate under that. If it's not there, create one.
  • Look for AU key under WindowsUpdate. If it's not there, create it. Finally, path should look like HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate\AU
  • Now select AU key. On right-side, create a new DWORD with name AUOptions and set value to 5 which will allow local admin to modify the settings.
It's done. Now you can go to Windows Update page and change the settings as you want.

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