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Removing or Changing the Windows Update Feature

In Category: Windows XP

To remove the Windows Update icon from the Start / Settings group:

1. Start Regedit
2. Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer
3. If it is not already there, create a new string value NoWindowsUpdate and give it a value of 1
4. Log off and back on again

To remove the Windows Update icon from the Start menu (top group):

1. From the command line run Wupdmgr.exe -shortcut. No restart of the computer is required.

To redirect the Remote URL:

1. Start Regedit
2. NoWindowsUpdate should remain 0
3. Either create or go to the following registry key string value: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows Update
4. Create a string value called Remote URL
5. For the value, enter the appropriate remote web address.


To redirect the Local URL

To replace the Windows Update local page (WUM.htm) with some other local page and have the appropriate local URL point to it:

1. Start Regedit
2. NoWindowsUpdate should remain 0
3. Either create or go to the following registry key string value: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows Update
4. Create a string value called Local URL
5. For the value, enter the appropriate local web address.

 
 

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