Turning off the "Windows Update" Prompt after installing XP sp3

Posted on 2009-04-27
Last Modified: 2012-05-06
We are having an issue with sp3.  We are wanting to push out the sp using the network install version.  During testing, once the sp completes and the machine reboots, it always prompts to "Turn On Windows Update" before it gets back on the network.  This is NOT acceptable.  
Our testing included,
   1)  Having Windows update turn off.
   2)  Having Windows update turn on.
   3)  Setting the update to Notify only.
   4)  Installed via windows update.

Is there a way to turn this off?
Question by:RDWaibel
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    Expert Comment

    I manage my Windows update via group policy and have never seen the prompt that you are referring to.  I suggest that you manage Windows Update via Group Policy so that you have some confidence that it's doing what you want it to.

    Microsoft has an article on how to manage Windows Update here. .
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    Start, Run "gpedit.msc" to bring up the group policy editor. Then navigate to the folder

    Local Computer Policy
      Computer Configuration
        Administrative Templates
          Windows Components
            Windows Update

    There are two settings and both will work, so it's your choice. Either enable No auto-restart for schedule Automatic Updates installations or set Re-prompt for restart with scheduled installations to a long time interval, like 1440 minutes.

    Hope this helps
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    Author Comment

    Thanks experts, but I'm not sure I am being clear enough.  Let me try again...

    We are attempting to run sp3 on XP Pro "servers" that do not have users that actually login to the physical box.  In most cases, the only way to login to the box is via VNC or pcAnywhere.  The prompt seems to happen prior to the unit connecting to the network.
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    Author Comment

    I apologize for not including this information: "The Prompt to turn on Windows updates only occurs after the reboot following the SP3 install". As far as I can tell, regardless of using a GP, after installing SP3 you will always be prompted with this message. Again, this is the only windows update that does this. Since many of these servers (n-computing) do not have a monitor/mouse/keyboard, it's not feasible for someone local to click "Yes or No" to the windows update prompt.
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    Accepted Solution

    Figured it out...
    Thanks for your help everyone, this works now using a few switches.

    Windows XP-KB....-SP3-x86.exe /U /f /N /Q

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