Automatic Updates

July 14, 2009 at 12:01:39
Specs: Windows XP, Old Skool Pentium 4 Prescott 3.06 GHZ/ 1 GB Corsair
I would like to know which registry setting under windows XP controls windows/microsoft updates. Im coding a program and when my computer talks to microsoft/windows update server it kills my program ive created.

You can turn it off through the control panel, but im wondering if thats not at the highest level. Maybe something to do with user logons/and rights and such.

So I thought if I could disable these in the registry, it might disable it on a higher acess level than lets say just going in through the control panel.

Also seen a lot of posts about restricting who gets to control windows updates.

Just want to turn it OFF! The deeper I can get into my registry/computer the better, I turned off windows updates and its still acting like theyre on when I run my program...

Please help! Thanks in advance!

See More: Automatic Updates

Report •

July 14, 2009 at 12:37:30
So far the only setting someone has offered me was in:

Hkey local machine -> Software -> Policies -> Microsoft -> Windows -> WinUpdate -> AU

I can go all the way down to I think its Policies, or Microsoft. But thats where the similiarities end. After that point I have no folders that these people are talking about.

I have a MSDN copy of XP SP3

Report •

July 14, 2009 at 13:36:11
pretty sure i found it. can someone double check it? copied this from a site i googled

Create the required DWORD values from table below:

Value: NoAutoUpdate

0 - Enable Automatic Updates (Default)
1 - Disable Automatic Updates
Value: AUOptions

2 - Notify for download and notify for install
3 - Auto download and notify for install
4 - Auto download and schedule the install
Value: ScheduledInstallDay

0 - Install every day
1 to 7 - Install on specific day of the week from Sunday (1) to Saturday (7).
Value: ScheduledInstallTime

0 to 23 - Install time of day in 24-hour format

Report •

July 14, 2009 at 14:05:25
Why not use help and support pages on how to disable automatic updates?

"Best Practices", Event viewer, host file, perfmon, antivirus, anti-spyware, Live CD's, backups, are in my top 10

Report •

Related Solutions

July 14, 2009 at 16:33:28
well i tried that, and it told me to just go into the control panel and turn it off that way. i did this, but something was still running, and even though i turned it off through the control panel, something was still hanging my program up. I found this reg key to disable it. now, when i open up the automatic updates, it wont let me choose anything at all, its all grayed out where as before it was all still selectable.

i havent seen any problems since ive done this, so im just guessing, but i think there was a control thats hidden even on the administrator account.

think of it like the hidden part of the registry called security, admins cant even access this part without special modifications.

Couldnt find anything in the help and support about tweaking reg keys for this :(

but for people in the future that want total-lockdown of thier auto updates, heres the site i got it from:

i didnt have the hive folders that were discussed so i actually had to create these folders and put in D_WORD values in there.

Lets hope ive killed auto update for good *crosses fingers*

Report •

July 14, 2009 at 17:22:35
I wonder if you mean the process in the late stage of boot which activates the file wuauclt.exe

In which case this can be prevented by disabling the "Automatic Update" service (services.msc from Run box). It will however prevent Manual updates too, unless set back to Automatic and restarted.

I've been on manual updates from day one and have never noticed any activity other than that given above.

some other bloke...

Report •

Ask Question