Manage updates settings in Windows Server 2016

Since Windows Server 2016 you will not find “Windows Update” section in Control Panel. Instead you can manage or enable/disable updates  in two ways: using sconfig or through Group policy.

Manage Windows Server 2016 updates with sconfig

Windows-Server-2016-manage-updatesTo determine what updates your machine has already installed, follow these steps:

  • Open a command prompt with Admin permissions.
  • Type sconfig and press Enter.
  • Option #5 shows the current configuration of your Windows Update settings.

To change your Windows Update Settings with SCONFIG, follow these steps:

  • Open a command prompt with Admin permissions.
  • Type sconfig and press Enter.
  • Press 5 and then Enter. This will bring up the following options for you to choose from:


    • (A)utomatic – This will configure your machine to automatically scan, download, install and reboot after applying any updates.
    • (D)ownloadOnly – This will automatically scan, download and notify the admin if updates need to be installed. This is the default setting on Windows Server 2016.
    • (M)anual — This turns Automatic Updates off. Your system will never check for updates.


  • Press the letter specified in the “( )” and press Enter to apply.
  • When the tool applies the configuration you have selected, you will see a message pop-up similar to the one below. Click the OK button to dismiss the message. The tool will refresh the menu and option 5 will now show the new configuration.


Manage Windows Server 2016 updates with Group Policy

In the Control Panel -> Administrative Tools -> Edit Group Policy open Computer Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Windows Components -> Windows Update and doubleclick on Configure Automatic Updates setting and choose appropriate option. Then click OK.

You are all set!



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