Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Restrict Access to Windows Update

Again, if you don’t want your friends (or enemies) to make any changes to your system, you can consider, amongst other things changing a registry setting to restrict access to Windows Update.

Navigate to:

HCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer
And to:
HLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer

In both these locations, create a new DWORD value named NoWindowsUpdate and set it to 1.

The restriction can also be enforced by setting the DisableWindowsUpdateAccess DWORD Value to the following key:

HCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\WindowsUpdate

Refresh your desktop or restart your Windows session for the change to take effect.


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About This Blog

The Windows Registry is a database which stores settings and options for Microsoft Windows operating systems. It contains normally information and settings for hardware, operating system software, most non-operating system software, and per-user settings. Registry is used to optimize the security, enhance the functionality, modify the functioning of any software OR settings and many more.

In this blog I have tried to collect all the tweaks and hacks available on various website. I have tested many of these hacks before posting but still I would suggest you to take backup of your registry before trying any of these tweaks and if anything goes wrong while trying these hacks I or this blog will not be held responsible.

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