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Automatic updates - configure single user use only?

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by vookster82, May 28, 2007.

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  1. vookster82

    vookster82 Thread Starter

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    Hi, i was wondering if there is a way to have the automatic updates to prompt only one user account for download and install.

    I have the updates set for download only, and im looking for a way to make it so only I can install them and avoid all other users including those that have admin right from installing.

    Some computers need the employee to be an admin, but i dont want them to see or be able to install updates. I just want my admin account to be able to do so.

    I found the non-administrator notification setting and the shutdown notification option in gpedit.misc which will work for those workstations with no other admin. But was hoping i could configure my options a bit more and be selective by user.

    Any ideas, thanks for reading
     
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  3. reynoldsju

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    Probably the best way to handle this is to disable updates altogether on the other accounts except the Administrator. Here is what I would do. For the following example, WORKSTATION is the user that we do not want to be able to update, ADMINISTATOR is the built-in admin account in Windows XP

    Log in under ADMINISTATOR

    Start --> Run --> lusrmgr.msc (Local Users and Groups Management)

    Double-click on the user that I do not want to be able to update.

    Select "Member Of" tab
    If the group "Administrators" is not listed, you need to add it. Do so by clicking "Add" and type "Administrators" in the bottom box and hit OK.

    Close Local Users and Groups Management

    Log off ADMINISTATOR
    Log into WORKSTATION

    Start --> Run --> gpedit.msc (Group Policy Editor)
    User Configuration --> Administrative Templates --> Windows Components --> Windows Updates

    Enable "Remove Access to all Windows Update Features"

    Close Group Policy Editor

    Log off WORKSTATION
    Log into ADMINISTRATOR

    Open lusrmgr.msc again and remove the Administrators group from WORKSTATION

    Reboot

    Log into WORKSTATION and test the results


    Hope that helps
     
  4. vookster82

    vookster82 Thread Starter

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    seems logical enough, ill test it soon and see how it goes. Thanks
     
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