How to configure Windows Updates using local group policy in Windows Seven

Windows Updates Using Local Group Policy on Windows SevenWindows Updates are an essential part of your operating system that makes it running smooth and secure. If you are in a corporate domain environment, the Windows Updates to your machine are likely being pushed down from a WSUS server, SMS or System Center Configuration Manager. WSUS, SMS and SCCM are great products that let administrator control the patches and security hotfixes that get installed on the machine. However, this centralized administration is possible only when the machine is joined to a Domain, WSUS, SCCM and SMS can not make use of Domain GPOs (Group Policy Objects) to enforce it on machines on a Workgroup. In such a case, you can always use a local group policy on Windows Seven to configure the Windows Update Settings. In this article we will show you how you can use Windows Seven Local Group Policy to configure your Windows Update Settings and its advantages

The reason we prefer a local GPO on top of manually configuring the settings from control panel is because only administrators can change it and it remains in effect "always" even when the domain GPO is no longer there. Hence, if your machine was left idle after dis-joining from the domain, it will not start downloading Windows Updates uncontrollably

1. Click on Start and in the search box, type in GPEDIT.msc and hit enter

Click on Start and in the search box, type in GPEDIT.msc and hit enter

2. This will bring up the local group policy editor

This will bring up the local group policy editor

3. Expand Computer Configuration then Administrative Templates and then Windows Components

Expand Computer Configuration then Administrative Templates and then Windows Components

4. Scroll down and click on Windows Update

Scroll down and click on Windows Update

5. On the right hand pane you can click on several settings to configure, with a description of each shown to you

On the right hand pane you can click on several settings to configure, with a description of each shown to you

6. In our case we want that the updates not download and install on their own, so we will Double click on it and then Choose Enable to Enable the Policy, In Configure Automatic Updating setting, we will change it to Notify for download and notify for install as we do not want it download or install any updates on its own. Finally, on schedule install day we will choose every day at 3 AM

Configure Automatic Updating Setting on Windows Update Local Group Policy