Enables the detection, download, and installation of updates for Windows and other programs.
If this service is disabled, users of this computer will not be able to use Windows Update or its automatic updating feature, and programs will not be able to use the Windows Update Agent (WUA) API.
For previous versions of Microsoft Windows, users can download updates from the Windows Update website, using Internet Explorer.
Windows Update was introduced as an Internet web site with the launch of Windows 95.
Windows Update clients normally download updates over an Internet connection, although Microsoft makes provision for installing updates on computers without an Internet connection and a range of alternative methods and programs also exist to install updates. Security updates or critical updates protect against vulnerabilities to malware and security exploits.
Other updates correct errors unrelated to security, or enhance functionality.
Prevents users from connecting to the Windows Update website. All Windows Update features are removed.- 0 = Disabled or not configured. The registry entries for Automatic Update configuration options are located in the following subkey: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Windows Update\AUThe keys and their values are listed in the following table.
Range = 2|3|4|5 - 2 = Notify before download.- 3 = Automatically download and notify of installation.- 4 = Automatically download and schedule installation.
Microsoft attributed the sales success of Windows 98 in part to Windows Update.
A link to Windows Update on the Start Menu gave access to additional downloads for the operating system.
At the time of Windows 98's release, Windows Update offered additional desktop themes, games, device driver updates, and optional components such as Net Meeting.
The HTTP(S) URL of the server to which reporting information is sent for client computers that use the WSUS server that is configured by the WUServer key.
This policy is paired with WUServer, and both keys must be set to the same value to be valid. This includes blocking access to the Windows Update website at from the Windows Update hyperlink on the Start menu, and also on the Tools menu in Internet Explorer.
Windows Update requires Internet Explorer or a third-party web browser that uses Microsoft's MSHTML layout engine, as it must support the use of an Active X control to house the software that is executed on the user's computer.