If you are using SCONFIG to set Windows Update to MANUAL or DOWNLOAD ONLY but seeing it always as CUSTOM, your Windows Server is not likely activated.

sconfig windows update show custom

To allow SCONFIG to stop reverting back to CUSTOM, you have three easy options:

1 – Activate Windows

…’nough said

2 – Manually Add Registry Keys To Stop Windows Updates

Create these two keys and do not create any entries in them. SCONFIG will then be able to populate the keys



3 – Set a Local Policy or a GPO to Disable Windows Updates

  1. Launch gpedit.msc
  2. Expand Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Update
  3. Set Configure Automatic Updates to Disabled or Download
  4. Click Ok and have a nice day


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