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Windows or something is changing my update settings

  1. #1


    Posts : 12
    Windows 8.1

    Windows or something is changing my update settings


    Ok so I recently reinstalled windows and upgraded to windows 8.1 and ever since I did all the updates something is changing my windows update settings. I keep the settings to "Check for updates but let me choose whether to download them or install them" but something keeps changing it back to "Never check for updates". At first I thought it was just after a reboot but today it happened multiple times. I installed winpatrol to see if I could see what was making this change but all I get is a warning saying a change has been detected. I have already done virus scan(I am using bit defender total security), also used malwarebytes and superanitspyware for scans but no viruses or anything. I will attach the screen shot to what it looks like(the winpatrol warning i mean)
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  2. #2


    Canada
    Posts : 1,950
    windows 8.1 Update 1 Pro 64bit


    Did you click Reject Change and does the situation re-occur?

    In the elevated command prompt type sfc /scannow to repair possible corrupt system files.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 12
    Windows 8.1


    Yes I rejected the change and the situation re-occured. Did the scan as you told and the scan went alright but the problem still persists.
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  4. #4


    Posts : 12
    Windows 8.1


    So can anyone help me out this thing is getting annoying because everytime i am playing a game it minimizes it just to give me the warning
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  5. #5


    Try setting it using gpedit...

    Configure Automatic Updates by Using Group Policy
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  6. #6


    Posts : 12
    Windows 8.1


    It seems my version of windowsn 8 does not come with group policy
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  7. #7


    Posts : 328
    Windows 8.1 (x64)


    It sounds a lot like malware (Windows update gets disabled because it renders your PC more vulnerable to exploits). I know you said you already scanned, but try another anti-virus than your current one, maybe an online scanner.
    Free Virus Scan | Online Virus Scanner from ESET
    F-Secure ONLINE SCANNER
    Free Online Virus Scan - Antivirus Software - Trend Micro USA

    When do these changes happen ? Is it random ? After a certain event ? Maybe it happens after a fixed delay ?

    System settings shouldn't be able to change like that if you use a User Account with UAC on, or at least not without prompting for the admin password.
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  8. #8


    Trnava
    Posts : 683
    Win 8.1.1 Pro x64


    WinPatrol has registry monitoring, so try to check the log for anything, that might change this:

    Configure Automatic Updates using Registry Editor

    Alternatively you can use RegMon for Windows and filter the results after the change.
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  9. #9


    Posts : 12
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by oneeyed View Post
    It sounds a lot like malware (Windows update gets disabled because it renders your PC more vulnerable to exploits). I know you said you already scanned, but try another anti-virus than your current one, maybe an online scanner.
    Free Virus Scan | Online Virus Scanner from ESET
    F-Secure ONLINE SCANNER
    Free Online Virus Scan - Antivirus Software - Trend Micro USA

    When do these changes happen ? Is it random ? After a certain event ? Maybe it happens after a fixed delay ?

    System settings shouldn't be able to change like that if you use a User Account with UAC on, or at least not without prompting for the admin password.
    Sorry for replying a bit late. I used all of the mentioned scanners and still got nothing. The change is random according to what I have witnessed. It does not happen after a certain event, just happens randomly lets say when I am watching a video or browsing the internet or even when I am playing games on the pc.
    Last edited by avishk; 23 Jul 2014 at 12:45. Reason: Adding more info
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  10. #10


    Posts : 12
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by TairikuOkami View Post
    WinPatrol has registry monitoring, so try to check the log for anything, that might change this:

    Configure Automatic Updates using Registry Editor

    Alternatively you can use RegMon for Windows and filter the results after the change.
    Your link advised me to use Process Monitor. I just currently got it and I am trying to see if any changes happen. So far nothing. I will update when this setting change occurs and see what is going on in the registry. Thank you for the help.
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