Cannot set Windows installer service to autotmatic

I am working with Microsoft Windows 2016 active directory and Group policy objects.

I am deploying software automatically when a server is joined to the domain.

in order for the software to be successfully deployed to the destination computer, the windows installer service needs to be running.

The default setting for the windows installer service is "manual".

I therefore modified the default domain policy and set the widows installer service to "automatic"

However, even after performing a gpupdate /force as well as a system reboot, this service is still set to "manual"

Does anyone know how I can ensure this services is running and set to automatic without requiring user intervention?

I am trying to automate software installations.
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Hello ThereSystem AdministratorCommented:
Check for GPO settings (inherited or enforced from another GPO) that might set this service to 'Manual' state + check local policies.

Try this: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\wuauserv
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Cliff GaliherCommented:
Can't be done. The new windows update behavior is all about maintenance windows and other services and tasks start windows update as needed. It no longer continuously runs so "automatic" doesn't work as expected. This is a design decision of the service.

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Hello ThereSystem AdministratorCommented:
Still, you can create a scheduled task to start this service.
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Cliff GaliherCommented:
Still wouldn't be the right solve.  The op is unclear on *how* they are trying to automate software installation.  But if they are publishing software packages in, say, WSUS then you still wouldn't want to schedule the service to start.  You'd instead script the appropriate command line to check for updates, and let that task start and stop the service just like it does in a maintenance window, since there are cleanup items as part of that process now that wouldn't trigger with force-starting the service.  

And of course, there is the "unintended consequences" where if a patch was approved since last checkin,, that patch may also get installed...not just software, and cause mid-day reboots.  Messing with maintenance windows is usually not a good idea.  I'd usually look at a separate software installation plan, such as an MDM provider, SCCM, etc.
I agree with Cliff Galiher, the Windows Installer services is set to manual by design and windows starts it when needed. Are you running into issue installing an application? If so, please let us know so we can better help you.
mbudmanAuthor Commented:
Your information corresponds with my findings (following your post).

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