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Block Windows Updates

kcnychief

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#1
I know how to turn off Windows Updates in the Registry, is there a way I can grey that tab out, and only that tab (I found how to block access to all of the system properties, but that's not what I want) - without using GPO?
 

fitz

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#2
try creating this reg key:

Code:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Group Policy Objects\LocalUser\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\WindowsUpdate\DisableWindowsUpdateAccess
 

kcnychief

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#3
Good idea in theory, but unfortunately that didn't help.

My PC didn't have the bolded part created, so I made the rest all the way out as Keys and then a DWORD on the end.

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Group Policy Objects\LocalUser\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\WindowsUpdate\DisableWindowsUpdateAccess
 

fitz

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#4
it's not a dword value at the end.. it's a key.. the "DisableWindowsUpadteAccess" should be the key will just the null (default) string value in the key
 

kcnychief

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#6
j79zlr - thanks for the list, I'll check it out.

After some fiddling, I did find it and it worked...woo!

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\WindowsUpdate]
"DisableWindowsUpdateAccess"=dword:00000001
 
#8
whats wrong with disabling the two services and locking users out of services.msc?

Administrators could run services.msc and enable temporarily.
 

kcnychief

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#9
Good idea in theory, but unfortunately that didn't help.

My PC didn't have the bolded part created, so I made the rest all the way out as Keys and then a DWORD on the end.


HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Group Policy Objects\LocalUser\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\WindowsUpdate\DisableWindowsUpdateAccess
Basically what I did was some googling around DisableWindowsUpdateAccess and was eventually able to find it. Thanks for the tip fitzy.


I have the long list of GP registry entries on my site, http://j79zlr.com/gphome.php

http://j79zlr.com/gphome.php#WindowsUpdate

This list is pre SP2 though, I believe there are a few things that need to be added.
Great reference there, will definitely bookmark it :)

whats wrong with disabling the two services and locking users out of services.msc?

Administrators could run services.msc and enable temporarily.
Was looking for as little restriction as possible. Kind of a long story which I don't feel like telling, but this is all I wanted to do and I have now done it, so it's all good :)
 

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