Managing Window Update settings on Win7 Pro


  • The Windows update setting on my computer changed from ask before downloading and installing to Automatic. When I try to change back the drop down menu is greyed out and either Group Policy or the system administrator has set the option to automatic. There is only one user account on the computer which is mine as administrator.

    How do I change this settings as I do not want automatic updates?

    Thank you,

    Paul Frantz

    Friday, December 16, 2016 9:07 PM

All replies

  • Hi, are you logged in as a local administrator? If you are, you need to enable the built in administrator acct. and then go into group policy editor. I can go into more detail but let me know if the above is correct.

    Saturday, December 17, 2016 3:53 AM
  • Hi,

    Please try the following steps and check if it helps.

    1) Hold WindowsKey + R

         (is hold Start & press R on your keyboard)

    2) Type: “regedit”

    Hit Enter

    3) Go to:


    Find AUOptions.

    Double Click AUOptions or Right Click Modify

    > You can change the values data from 1 through 5 <

    1. Download updates but let me choose wether to install them

    2. Check for updates but let me choose wether to download and install them

    3. Download updates but let me choose wether to install them

    4. Install updates automatically / Never Check For Updates

    5. Enable the option box to choose manually

    Best Regards,


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    Monday, December 19, 2016 9:14 AM