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How to Specify When Windows 7 Checks for Updates?

By Codrut Nistor

Posted in How-to, Windows-7

In production environment where there are several computers connected to a single local area network and share a common Internet connection Windows Server Update Services server is configured to make latest updates available to the clients on the local intranet. Since working off-line expedites every task administrators may also want to decrease the time interval between two subsequent update searches that Windows 7 computers make. This ensures that client computers are always up-to-date with latest updates and patches and are secured. As an administrator you can configure this by following the steps given below:

  1. Logon to the computer using administrator account.
  2. Click on Start button.
  3. At the bottom of start menu in search box type gpedit.msc and press enter key.
  4. From the Local Group Policy Editor snap-in under Computer Configuration expand Administrative Templates and then expand Windows Components.
  5. From the expanded list select Windows Update and from the right pane double click on Automatic Updates detection frequency.
  6. From the opened box select Enabled radio button and under Options section in Interval hours textbox specify the time interval.
  7. Click on Ok button to accept and confirm you selection and close Local Group Policy Editor snap-in.
  8. Open Command Prompt.
  9. In command window type gpupdate /force and press enter key to update your computer with latest settings.
  10. Close Command Prompt