Windows 10 updates are controlled by your System Administrator

When you install Windows 10 on your computer the default setting for Windows update is to be controlled by your system administrator. This is quite interesting – since I am the system administrator. The problem is that with updates set to be managed by the system administrator I can’t change anything! It’s all greyed out…

Windows 10 Updates controlled by the System Administrator

Windows 10 Updates controlled by the System Administrator

To change that you will actually have to modify some Group Policy settings. If your workstation is joined to a domain you won’t be able to do that. If you are working on your own laptop/workstation (as in my case) then you can simple change Group Policy settings with the Group Policy Editor. To open the Group Policy Editor you will have to open the ‘Command prompt’ or the ‘Run’ dialog box and enter ‘gpedit.msc’.

Since you are changing settings that effect how the computer behaves, you go to the following path:

Computer Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Windows Components -> Windows Updates

Under this folder you will find the ‘Configure Automatic Updates’ setting. Double click it and choose ‘Enabled’. When enabled, choose ‘5 – Allow local admin to choose setting’:

Windows 10 allow local admin

Windows 10 allow local admin

Click ‘Ok’ and close all windows. Now, for the setting to actually take effect you will have to reapply the Computer Group Policy settings (usually happens every computer boot). Instead of rebooting your computer you can simple run ‘gpupdate /force’ in the ‘Command prompt’ windows:

Windows 10 gpupdate

Windows 10 gpupdate

If all goes well, and I can’t think of a reason why it shouldn’t, you should be able to gain control over your Windows Update

Windows 10 updates released

Windows 10 updates released

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