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

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

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

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

       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

    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
    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
    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







  1. Posts : 51
    Windows 7 Home premium x64
       #1

    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 Computer


  2. Posts : 70,931
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #2

    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 Computer


  3. Posts : 51
    Windows 7 Home premium x64
       #3

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

    A perfect tutorial again. Thank you!!!
      My Computer


  4. Posts : 70,931
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #4

    You're welcome, and thank you again. :)
      My Computer


 

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