Windows 7 Automatic Updates Disabled by Administrator
Posted on 2014-11-23
Unable to configure automatic updates on this Windows 7 Pro 64bit - workgroup (read: non-domain) machine:
Control Panel > Windows Update > Change Settings
Under "Important Updates", the drop-down menu for automatic updates is set to: "Never Check for Updates (Not Recommended)" and is grayed out, cannot be changed. Top of window reads "Some settings are managed by your system administrator." Windows Updates works properly when initiated manually, so the system is up to date.
I am attempting to change these settings from an administrator account. I've attempted to create a new local administrator account and found the same results.
Local group policy setting for "Remove access to use all Windows Update Features" is set to "disabled".
BITS, Cryptographic services, and Windows Update services are all set to "Automatic".
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate permissions AND
set to "Full Control" and "Read" for Administrators group.
Malware scans unremarkable, running Microsoft Security Essentials on this machine.
Any advice to get this setting changed would be greatly appreciated and welcomed. Thanks!