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Windows 7, WSUS (20012R2), any way to disable the "New updates are available" icon/message in the system tray?

Posted on 2016-08-26
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In the notification area the message "New updates are available" appear to end-user. There does not appear to be any GPO setting that suppresses or shows this message. I can't seem to find anything online related to turning off this message either.
Does anyone here know how to turn it off so users don't click it?

I have automatic updates scheduled to download/install automatically overnight without notifying.

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Allow Non-Administrators to Receive Update Notifications set to Disabled will suppress the notice for users who are not local admins on the machine. If you have administrators that you don't want to have those notifications, you have to remove their permission to use Windows Update entirely through the User Settings>Administrative Templates>Windows Components>Windows Update>Remove Access to use all windows update features policy, set to enabled.
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Oh ok thanks, let me check that out and try it.

So this won't prevent users from seeing a notification that the computer will restart due to updates, right? That box where you get to postpone/defer, even if you're a non-admin?
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Users should get a notification of pending restart regardless of whether those options are set, but it will likely disable their ability to defer. I haven't really tested to determine the answer to that question, but unless your update times are set to be during work hours, the prompt shouldn't ever be seen if you're using the Download and Install updates policy.
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It looks like the notification to reboot will show up on the notification area now.
I'm not sure if this policy replaces the Window dialog that pops up in the middle of the screen that says a reboot will be needed, however.
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