Businesses that fail to apply scheduled updates to their Microsoft Windows workstations put their organization at risk; Windows Update, when enabled, automatically installs hotfixes -- some critical -- to a computer to patch security issues that hackers can capitalize upon to hijack a PC.
Registry preference items allow you to create, update, replace, and delete keys and values (including name, type, and data) in the Windows registry.
Elevate Non Admins: This registry value controls whether updates can be installed from non-admin privileged user accounts.
If a non-admin user is logged in to system, and if Windows detects that there are some updates available, then setting upon the registry key, updates will be downloaded and installed on the system.
Let’s look at each of these registry values and see how they impact windows update behavior.
AUOptions: This one decides whether auto update should be enabled or not. 0 : Auto updates are enabled and the downloaded updates will be installed immediately. Windows will not check if there are any new updates for installation. 2 : Check for updates, do not download them until user says so. Include Recommended Updates: This registry value controls whether Microsoft’s recommended updates should also be included in addition to the important updates.