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JSI Tip 5587. How can I disable Automatic Updates?

You can configure Automatic Updates in the Windows 2000 Service Pack 3 Control Panel.

In both Windows 2000 and Windows XP, you can use the registry to disable Automatic Updates:

1. Copy / Paste the following to a AUOFF.REG file:


\[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\WindowsUpdate\Auto Update\]

2. Run Regedit /s <path>\AUOFF.REG

NOTE: See tip 4373 » How do I configure the Automatic Updates features in Windows XP?

NOTE: AUOptions can have the following additional values:

"AUOptions"=dword:00000002 - Notify me before downloading any updates and notify me again before installing them on my computer.

"AUOptions"=dword:00000003 - - Download the updates automatically and notify me when they are ready to be installed.

"AUOptions"=dword:00000004 - Automatically download the updates, and install them on the schedule that I specify.

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