Registry to disable Microsoft Updates

  • I have some users running Outlook 2013 with the Zarafa Connector on Windows 10. Now I’d like to disable Updates for Microsoft Office. But I don’t like to login as admin and click the setting, I prefer using a registry key. But somehow I am completely unable to find anything about that.

    Anyone knows the registry key to disable “Microsoft Updates” (just install Windows updates, but none of the other Microsoft products).

    Thanks in advance

  • I would not do it…but if you want to - the best way would be a WSUS Server if it’s in a business environment. There you can decide which updates you want to have.

    Why don’t you use active sync?

    best regards

  • I found this for Office 2016 - maybe this also works with office 2013 (version number has to be changed)

    Through Registry Editor

    You can also disable updates via the Registry Editor. Press “Windows key + R" to open the Run dialog, type regedit.exe. Your Registry editor window will open. Go to following Key


    Then in the right-hand menu, an “Officeupdate" window will expand and shows you many keys. Double click on EnableAutomaticUpdates and set its value to “0". This will disable automatic updates of Office.

    If you do not have any such value, create a DWORD value of 32bit by right clicking on the plane white area in the right-hand window of “Officeupdate" section. And name the DWORD value as “EnableAutomaticUpdates", set its value to “0".

    Now close all windows, and Reboot your System once to apply all the changes.

    It should work with hte hive 15.0 for Office 2013

    I only found a german info from MS


  • @anotherandy We’re using Active Sync on most clients, but some of the guys insist on “renaming mail subjects” which is not possible with EAS… and they don’t believe me when I tell them not to modify e-mails…
    I don’t like setting up a WSUS, too much windows for me…(the absoutely most necessary is too much already…). I’d rather use puppet to deploy the keys.

  • @externa1 thanks for the answer, will try that tonight on a machine and reply if it’s working…

  • hi Peter,
    good luck with your try - but you know that the mapi plugin is unsupported?

    here is another way to disabel office updates on windows 10
    best regards

  • Hey Petervbeck, I have read the issue you are encountering and I would suggest you to fix it by disabling it at a Group Policy level. You can do it by Starting Group Policy Editor and load the preferred Group Policy Object. Not extend User Configuration, Administrative Templates, Start Menu and Taskbar. After that just double-click the option that says Disable and Remove Links to Windows Update or the one that says Remove links and access to Windows Update. Pick the option Enabled, press OK and exit from GPE. To disable Microsoft Update according to per user base just start regedit.exe and go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer. You can read more about Microsoft Update issues from as well. Choose the option of New from the edit menu and DWORD value. Here add a name of NoWindowsUpdate, and click Enter. Then just double-click NoWindowsUpdate, and set it to 1. At the end exits from regedit.

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