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By luv2bike2 ·
how can i set up windows update to automaticly download and install on users
systems without making them administrators to their computer? I have several
Win2k and WinXP Workstations. Group Policy has Windows Update set to "download, but
let me choose when to install them". I do not want to go around to all the
workstations and do the installation everytime there are updates. If I
change it to "Auto Download and schedule the install" will the users need
administrator rights or does this override those rights? There are about 50
workstations and I just went through going to every workstation to run the
updates, since most of the workstations had not had updates done on them for
2 years. I do not want to go to every single PC again and do the
updates--very time consuming for me and inconvience to the user.

Thanks,
R

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by lowlands In reply to Windows Update

The users don't need admin access. The updates are installed under the account that runs the Automatic Update service, typically the local system account.

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by luv2bike2 In reply to

I am not sure if I understand "the updates are installed under the account that runs the Automatic Update service".... would that be the administrator who logged in and ran the updates at first? how would i set that up? I had a user log in to their workstation and had the user go to windows update and it said that they had to be logged in as admin in order to do the updates. They do not get the little reminder in the task bar saying that there are updates waiting to be installed if they are not an admin, i will log in as the admin and i will get the little reminder.

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by BFilmFan In reply to Windows Update

Follow the directions in this technical article to use the "Run as" command:
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;305780&sd=tech

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by lowlands In reply to Windows Update

I see, I misunderstood. You have to be an administrator on the local machine to install patches from the Microsoft Update website or Windows Update website. It looks like even runas will not help you in this case.

But setting your automatic update to "Automatic (recommended)" should fix this. It will download and install regardless of the users permissions.

You can read up on this in the FAQ section of the Automatic Updates helpfile. (i pasted a piece below)

To help protect your computer, use the Automatic (recommended) setting, which checks for new updates and automatically downloads and installs them?regardless of whether you or other users are administrators for your computer.

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by luv2bike2 In reply to

Thank you this does help me out! I was able to go into Group Policy and change the setting to automatic and set a time for it to do the installations. Much Appreciated!

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