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Windows Update - Enable or Disable "Who can install updates" Setting

How to Enable or Disable the Windows Update "Who can install updates" Setting
Published by Brink
21 Sep 2010
Default Windows Update - Enable or Disable "Who can install updates" Setting

How to Enable or Disable the Windows Update "Who can install updates" Setting

information   Information
This will show you how to enable or disable the Allow all users to install updates on this computer in the Who can install updates Windows Update settings.

You will need to be logged in as an administrator to be able to do this tutorial.

Note   Note

If disabled, this will gray out the Allow all users to install updates on this computer Windows Update setting, and will be the same as having it's box always unchecked. Only administrative users will receive update notifications.

If not configured, the Allow all users to install updates on this computer Windows Update setting will not be grayed out anymore allowing you to check or uncheck it at will.

If enabled, this will gray out the Allow all users to install updates on this computer Windows Update setting, and will be the same as having it's box always checked. Windows Automatic Update and Microsoft Update will include non-administrators when determining which logged-on user should receive update notifications. Non-administrative users will be able to install all optional, recommended, and important content for which they received a notification. Users will not see a User Account Control (UAC) window and do not need elevated permissions to install these updates, except in the case of updates that contain User Interface , End User License Agreement , or Windows Update setting changes.

EXAMPLE: Windows Update Settings
Windows Update - Enable or Disable "Who can install updates" Setting-windows_update.jpg



OPTION ONE
Using a REG File Download
1. To Set "Allow all users to install updates on this computer" as Not Configured
NOTE: This is the default setting.
A) Click on the Download button below to download the file below.
Not_Configured_NonAdmins_Install_Windows_Updates.reg
download
B) Go to step 4.
2. To Enable "Allow all users to install updates on this computer"
A) Click on the Download button below to download the file below.
Enable_NonAdmins_Install_Windows_Updates.reg
download
B) Go to step 4.
3. To Disable "Allow all users to install updates on this computer"
A) Click on the Download button below to download the file below.
Disable_NonAdmins_Install_Windows_Updates.reg

download
4. Save the .reg file to the desktop.

5. Right click on the downloaded .reg file, and click on Merge.

6. Click on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK when prompted.

7. If open, close and reopen the Windows Update change settings window to see the change.

8. When done, you can delete the downloaded .reg files if you like.






OPTION TWO
Through the Local Group Policy Editor
1. Open the Local Group Policy Editor.

2. In the left pane, click on to expand Computer Configuration, Administrative Templates, Windows Components, and Windows Update. (see screenshot below)
Windows Update - Enable or Disable "Who can install updates" Setting-gpedit1.jpg
3. In the right pane, right click on Allow non-administrators to recieve update notifications and click on Edit. (see screenshot above)

4. To Set "Allow all users to install updates on this computer" as Not Configured
A) Select (dot) Not Configured. (see screenshot below step 7)
NOTE: This is the default setting.

B) Go to step 7.
5. To Enable "Allow all users to install updates on this computer"
A) Select (dot) Enabled. (see screenshot below step 7)

B) If not already, make sure that you have Windows Gadget Platform checked in Windows Features.

C) Go to step 7.
6. To Disable "Allow all users to install updates on this computer"
A) Select (dot) Disabled. (see screenshot below step 7)
7. Click on OK. (see screenshot below)
Windows Update - Enable or Disable "Who can install updates" Setting-gpedit2.jpg
8. Close the Local Group Policy Editor window.

9. If open, close and reopen the Windows Update change settings window to see the change.
That's it,
Shawn




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27 Oct 2012   #1
stsaerox

Windows 7 Home premium x64
 
 

Is the "Enable" key right?
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate]
"ElevateNonAdmins"="ElevateNonAdmins"=dword:00000001
That is one of your registry keys...


My System SpecsSystem Spec
27 Oct 2012   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Thank you stsaerox for letting me know.

No, that's not correct. The reg downloads have been corrected and updated. It should be this below instead.

Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate]
"ElevateNonAdmins"=dword:00000001
My System SpecsSystem Spec
27 Oct 2012   #3
stsaerox

Windows 7 Home premium x64
 
 

Ok thanks for instant response. The corrected one seems to work for windows XP also.

A perfect tutorial again. Thank you!!!
My System SpecsSystem Spec
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27 Oct 2012   #4
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're welcome, and thank you again.
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