How do I configure Windows Update programmatically?
First of all, normal programs shouldn’t be messing with Windows Update
That’s something the user (or the user’s administrator) decides.
If you’re an IT administrator, then you can
use Group Policy
to configure Windows Update
on your network.
But maybe you’re a special case where the above remarks don’t apply.
Say you’re a data center and all the systems are running inside
of virtual machines and you don’t want them installing updates
or rebooting without your permission,
so you want to run a script when you set up the image to disable
You can use the
known to native code as
Here’s a script that prints your current update settings:
var AU = new ActiveXObject("Microsoft.Update.AutoUpdate"); var Settings = AU.Settings; WScript.StdOut.WriteLine(Settings.NotificationLevel);
The notification levels are documented as
If you want to change the notification level, you can update the
level in the Settings object, and then save it.
var AU = new ActiveXObject("Microsoft.Update.AutoUpdate"); var Settings = AU.Settings; Settings.NotificationLevel = 1; // aunlDisabled Settings.Save();
All the various settings are documented in MSDN,
though you have to dig through
to find them all.