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Updated: August 1, 2012

Applies To: Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Vista

ProtectYourPC specifies whether Windows® Update installs important and recommended updates automatically.



Specifies that important and recommended updates are installed automatically.


Specifies that only important updates are installed.


Specifies that automatic protection is disabled. Updates are available manually through Windows Update.

There is no default value. If a value is not set, the Help protect your computer and improve Windows automatically page opens during Windows Welcome.

This setting applies to Windows® 8, Windows® 7, and Windows Vista®.

For a list of the supported Windows editions and architectures that this component supports, see Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup.

The following XML example shows how to disable automatic system updates.


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