Win 10 Anniversary, automatic updates & Group Policy Settings Solved

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  1. Posts : 17
    Windows 10 Educational 64 bit
       02 Aug 2016 #1

    Win 10 Anniversary, automatic updates & Group Policy Settings

    Hello, I've just installed KB3176929. Now I am running Windows 10 Education v1607, b14393.10.

    Almost everything it's fine despite "Windows Update Settings" .

    In the past I've used Local Group Policy Editor to tweak the settings and make Windows notify me when I need some update, without downloading or installing anything.

    Now, in
    gpedit the relevant policy is still correct:
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    The problem is that in the Update section, under Settings it shows the following:
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    So it's clearly stated that download and installation will be executed without user intervention.
    Also Active hours button is also displayed, but I have never had this before Anniversary update.

    Before this update my Update Settings screen was similar to this one:
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    What I have already tried to get back the previous behavior:
    1. set the policy Configure auto updates to not configured
    2. shut down and power up
    3. set the policy Configure auto updates to enabled & 2 = Notify before...
    4. manually checked for update
    5. reboot

    I did not succeed.

    Is this policy still applicable to Win 10 Edu?
    Have you any suggestions?

    Many thanks :)

    P.S.: I am wondering if disabling active hours from registry can help or not.
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  2. aardvark's Avatar
    Posts : 164
    Pro x64 Desktop v1607 14393.51, Home x64 Laptop v1607 14393.51
       03 Aug 2016 #2

    I also posted the same issue for Win 10 Pro here:

    However, it may actually be working because I received a pop up notification that updates were available; however, I didn't capture that but I did get this screenshot:

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    In summary, I did get notified and they didn't download automatically.
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  3. Posts : 17
    Windows 10 Educational 64 bit
    Thread Starter
       03 Aug 2016 #3

    I receievd the same notification, maybe Win Update is working as intended.

    If so, the settings description is misleading a bit.
    It would be great if more pepole can report their experiences
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  4. Posts : 189
    Windows 10 (2), Win 8.1 (1), Win 7 (1)
       03 Aug 2016 #4

    Same here with Win 10 Pro. I have set via GPEdit the Windows Update option to notify for download and install, but get the same indicator on the Settings screen that they would be automatically downloaded and installed. But it appears to notify on the Action Center that an update is available and does not download until I click "check".

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  5.    04 Aug 2016 #5

    I got the same odd message on the WindowsUpdate-window after the upgrade, while gpedit is set to notify only. Since I am using ESET Smart Security and not Windows Defender, I removed Silverlight hoping to confirm/deny the update issue. Otherwise waiting would take quite some time.

    Now I'm waiting for Windows Update to figure out there's supposed to be something offered as available, but that takes a while, I already increased the frequency of checking with gpedit.
    ESS, which also informs me about Windows Updates, noticed Silverlight as available hours ago

    If I manually hit search, the gpedit setting will most likely be ignored, like before the update... So the only thing to do, is wait.
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  6. Posts : 189
    Windows 10 (2), Win 8.1 (1), Win 7 (1)
       04 Aug 2016 #6

    You might want to follow my discussion in the Microsoft Community about this. MS came back and mentioned the "Active Hours" option that is now included in the Anniversary Update. I don't find this helpful.

    My Issues with the Anniversary Update

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  7.    05 Aug 2016 #7

    I'm glad I found this. Having updated to 1607 last night and rechecked GPEDIT I could not understand why I was not seeing the "Some settings are managed by your organisation" message in Windows Update. Hopefully it is only that message that has changed.

    Active Hours is no good to me. The idea of fixed hours in this day and age is laughable.

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  8.    05 Aug 2016 #8

    So, does it mean that windows update group policy setting actually takes effect, but it simply doesn't show up in windows settings?

    Another question; I clicked on check for updates and it found one, BUT it did not show me an "install" button and immediately started downloading and installing. Has it always been like this in windows 10 or is it just a 10 AU thing? Group policy is set to notify for both download and install.

    P.S. windows 10 AU is my first, proper go with the OS.
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  9. Posts : 189
    Windows 10 (2), Win 8.1 (1), Win 7 (1)
       05 Aug 2016 #9

    Until we get some updates, I cannot tell if the GP Edit setting is still in effect. On another system I have, which has Windows Defender, it just notified me of updates for it and did not install them until I did the check. I will have to try it again. I don't know if regular updates will act differently.
    Once you click "Check for updates", it will immediately download and install any available updates. It is not like Windows 8 and prior where it would give you a list of updates and you could pick and choose any or all updates to process.

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  10.    05 Aug 2016 #10

    If it doesn't download automatically until you actually click the check button, running the show/hide tool before you check you could hide any you do not want? I've done this all the time since W10 release.

    Tutorial for the tool can be found here Windows Updates - Hide or Show in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums

    I've not updated to the anniversary update yet so can't check.
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