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Can't Change Update Settings "Some settings are managed.."

  1. #1


    Posts : 7
    Windows 8.1

    Can't Change Update Settings "Some settings are managed.."


    Ever since upgrading to Windows 8.1 I haven't been able to change my update settings. The drop-down is greyed out and can't be clicked on. Above the drop down it says "Some settings are managed by your system administrator"

    I've deleted my user account and created a new one, but the problem remains. I've unlocked the Administrator account, but even through that account the settings can't be changed. I'm not in a homegroup, as I've heard this could solve the problem and I've disconnected and reconnected my Microsoft account to my User Account to no avail.

    Please help, Windows keeps updating and I don't have the bandwidth to continue this way.

    I think there are threads on this subject. Haven't been able to find any one that solves my problem.

    -C

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  2. #2


    Posts : 22,583
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello C, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    This sounds like a group policy has been set to prevent access to those settings. As you found out, this would be a global setting applied to all user accounts (new and old).

    Please post a screenshot showing your Windows Update settings to help narrow down which policy it may be since there are a few for Windows Update.

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  3. #3


    Posts : 7
    Windows 8.1


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    Thanks for the help. This all you need?
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  4. #4


    Posts : 22,583
    64-bit Windows 10


    Ok. You can download and merge the .reg file I attached below, and approve all prompts to remove all Windows Update group policies. Sign out and in of Windows afterwards to fully apply, then see if you are able to set your Windows Update settings.
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  5. #5


    Posts : 7
    Windows 8.1


    Worked perfectly! Thanks so much. Really, I've been looking for a while.

    Hope you get what you deserve in life.

    -C
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  6. #6


    Posts : 22,583
    64-bit Windows 10


    You're most welcome.
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  7. #7


    Posts : 7
    Windows 8.1


    Do you do IT for a living, or is it just a hobby?
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  8. #8


    Posts : 22,583
    64-bit Windows 10


    Both.
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  9. #9


    Posts : 7
    Windows 8.1


    In that case, I want to ask something. Do you think a BA in Socio Informatics would be a good degree to have if I want to go into IT?
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  10. #10


    Posts : 22,583
    64-bit Windows 10


    Sure, Socio Informatics would help to be more rounded in IT, but it is only a small part.
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