Automatic updates disabled by group policy but no policy exists to disable them?

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We are working on moving one of our domains to Windows 10. We have several test machines set up as Hybrid AAD joined.


The machines are all reporting that Automatic Updates have been disabled by Group Policy. However, there are no policies set up on the domain that control Automatic Updates. I ran a gpresult on one of the machines and the report does not contain any information suggesting the Automatic Update settings have been changed.


We have Automatic Updates configured as 'Auto install and restart at a scheduled time' in Intune, and we also have the 'MDM wins over GP' setting set.


The machines do appear to be updating themselves, however, Windows Update reporting that updates are disabled is an issue as we can't install anything from the Microsoft Store as it stated that Windows Update is turned off.


Any ideas?

2 Replies

Do you have an RMM. We have n-able RMM used to be SolarWinds. when its patch management is enabled on our PCs Windows update indicates that it is disabled by a group policy.


To disable automatic updates on Windows 10 permanently, use these steps:

Open Start.
Search for gpedit.msc and click the top result to launch the Local Group Policy Editor.
Navigate to the following path: Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Update
Double-click the "Configure Automatic Updates" policy on the right side.
Configure Automatic Updates policy

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Check the Disabled option to turn off automatic Windows 10 updates permanently.
Group Policy disable Windows Update

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Click the Apply button.
Click the OK button.
After you complete the steps, Windows 10 will stop downloading updates automatically. However, the ability to check for updates manually will continue to be available on Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update, and clicking the Check for updates button to download the most recent patches as needed.

If you want to enable automatic updates on the computer again, you can use the same instructions outlined above, but in step 5, make sure to select the Not Configured option.

This may help you,
Rachel Gomez