Help to stop Windows 10 from downloading to Windows 7 machines?

Nolan Gustavo
Nolan Gustavo used Ask the Experts™
Hi All,

Our current environment has a HQ site which contains all servers and a few remote sites which connect over VPN with no servers in any of the remote sites. Last Monday with release of Windows 10 I have noticed that many client machines are downloading over 3GB of data each and this resulted in massive issues with internet bandwidth and VPN connectivity etc. Unfortunately there was no WSUS server in place to control any of this... I have installed one now and my question is:
I have configured a GPO which points all local HQ machines at WSUS this will help me with stopping Windows 10 from being downloaded. How do I prevent Windows 10 from being downloaded to users in remote sites since there is no at remote sites? I don't want to send any updates over VPN etc...
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nagendra prasadSr System Administrator

First thing first if you have knowledge on batch file

We can disable Windows automatic updates from the below command line

reg add "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\WindowsUpdate\Auto Update" /v AUOptions /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f  

also i have attached a sample batch file info
let me know if you are still facing issue. i can help you.
Scott CSenior Engineer

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Thanks guys,

nagendra prasad - I cant see anything attached?

So would the reg key stop Windows 10 or do I need specify an update in the parameters?
"HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\WindowsUpdate\Auto Update" /v AUOptions /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f  

ScottCha - I am afraid there is no way of me going to each PC and doing this indevidually..  I will need a group policy or another central/global method but thanks anyways, if there is a way of doing this globally please let me know.

Sr System Administrator
Hi Nolan,

save this as a batch file, put it in start up in all machines.

reg add "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\WindowsUpdate\Auto Update" /v AUOptions /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f  

 if you still need help please do message me.

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