Can you control when windows updates actually download?

Posted on 2012-04-10
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Last Modified: 2012-04-11
In the install updates automatically option you can specify when to install.  Can you specify with group policy or windows update when to download?  Can't find that anywhere.
Question by:dshewmaker74
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Expert Comment

ID: 37828931
Right click on MY computer.. click on properties.

select windows update.. and here you can specify time and what to do..

Author Comment

ID: 37828944
Yes, but you can only select when to install, not when to download.

Expert Comment

ID: 37828967
Are you talking on a server like WSUS or a client?
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Author Comment

ID: 37828975
Specifically clients using WSUS or group policy or windows update.
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Anuroopsundd earned 200 total points
ID: 37828977
then option is --- check for update but let me choose when to download and install.
.. and have to mannually update.

Author Comment

ID: 37829606
Wow, I find it hard to believe that there is no way other than the manual option to throttle or download at another time.

Thanks Anuroopsundd, that is a correct answer but not the one I wanted. I will wait a bit to see if some genius has a way to do this before awarding points.
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Donald Stewart earned 1800 total points
ID: 37830828
I believe these are what you are looking for.

Setting Up and Running Synchronizations


WSUS: How To Throttle BITS


^^With BITS throttling, you can control the times of day that the updates use the most bandwidth to download^^

Author Closing Comment

ID: 37832899
Thanks, that was what I was looking for.

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