Group Policy to control updates on Win11


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On Win10 & Win11 I have the Group Policy
Computer Configuration>Windows Components>Windows Updates>Configure Automatic Updates set to 2.

On Win10 on the Windows Update page in Settings there is a comment in red saying "Some settings are managed by your organization" . On Win11 there is no similar message. And just to confuse things a bit, the option "Pause for 1 week" is set even though I did not set it.

How can I tell if the group policy is actually working? I installed Win11 on a test PC just yesterday - not enough time to see if this works. I've also go Win11 on a Surface Pro tablet (pre-installed) but have manually installed maintenance too often to tell if it's the policy or the 1 week delay that's in effect.

Win11 21H2 build 22000.556
Win10 21H1 build 19043.1526
 

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On Win10 on the Windows Update page in Settings there is a comment in red saying "Some settings are managed by your organization" . On Win11 there is no similar message.

...How can I tell if the group policy is actually working?
I think Microsoft got tired of people asking "Who is this 'organization'? I'm the only user on this PC !". :lmao:

Look in Settings > Windows Update > Advanced options > Configured update policies.

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And for others looking to set this particular group policy, in W11's Group Policy Editor it's now found in:
Computer Configuration>Windows Components>Windows Update>Manage end user experience>Configure Automatic Updates
 

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Oh, yeah. I forgot that extra "Manage end user experience" they stuck in. I did "manage" to find that.
 

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I think Microsoft got tired of people asking "Who is this 'organization'? I'm the only user on this PC !". :lmao:
I've always assume (based on ignorance) that Group Policies were developed for the Active Directory environment and we non-AD users were lucky to get it at all. In the AD environment the message makes sense.

On the other hand the message could have been "Some settings are managed by administrative policy" and it would work for both environments. But Microsoft forgot to ask my opinion.
 

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I've always assume (based on ignorance) that Group Policies were developed for the Active Directory environment....
I think you are correct. If you download the Group Policy Settings Reference Spreadsheet you'll see that some polices are supported as far back as Windows Server 2003, Windows XP, and Windows 2000. And Windows 2000 was when support for AD was first introduced.
 

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    laptop screen
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    1TB HDD
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    Edge, Firefox
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    Defender
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    fully 'Windows 11 ready' laptop. Windows 10 C: partition migrated from my old unsupported 'main machine' then upgraded to 11. A test migration ran Insider builds for 2 months. When 11 was released on 5th October it was re-imaged back to 10 and was offered the upgrade in Windows Update on 20th October.


    My SYSTEM THREE is a Dell Latitude 5410, i7-10610U, 32GB RAM, 512GB ssd, Windows 11 Pro.
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    Dell Lattitude E4310
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    unsupported machine: Legacy bios, MBR, TPM 1.2, upgraded from W10 to W11 using W10/W11 hybrid install media workaround.


    My SYSTEM THREE is a Dell Latitude 5410, i7-10610U, 32GB RAM, 512GB ssd, Windows 11 Pro.
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