If you got 'Your organization has turned off automatic updates' mentioned at Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update, here is how to fix it.

In Windows operating system, updates are automatic, by default. This means Windows can itself check for updates, download and install them. There are some methods which can be used to turn off automatic updates. When automatic updates are disabled, you’ll see following mentioned at Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update:

Your organization has turned off automatic updates

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If you’re part of multi-user system and doesn’t know how to remove this message and allow Windows to download to automatic updates, this article is for you. Basically, you need to configure a Group Policy setting to its default or Not Configured status and this would resolve the problem. In case if your system is part of a domain, please contact your IT administrator and ask them to perform below solution.

FIX: Your Organization Has Turned Off Automatic Updates

FYI: GPO snap-in is not available in Windows 10 Home editions. If you’re on Windows 10 Home and want to use Group Policy, go here and upgrade to Pro edition.

1. Press W8K + R and put gpedit.msc in Run dialog box to open GPO snap-in. Click OK.

Local Group Policy Editor

2. Next, in the GPO snap-in window, navigate here:

Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates
> Windows Components > Windows Update

FYI: For GPMC snap-in, you should have Policies folder after Computer Configuration and before Administrative Templates folder.

How To Specify Intranet Update Service Location In Windows 10

3. In the right pane of Windows Update, look for the policy setting named Configure Automatic Updates. The policy is Enabled or Disabled and this is actual root cause for this issue. Double click on it to modify its status:

How To Specify Intranet Update Service Location In Windows 10

4. Finally, set the policy status to Not Configured. Click Apply, followed by OK. Close Group Policy snap-in.

5. Run gpupdate /force command in administrative Command Prompt to make changes effective.

Now go to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update, you’ll find that ‘Your organization has turned off automatic updates‘ no longer appears.

Check this video for more information:

That’s it!


  • I have done this and it still says Auto Updates are disabled by my organization….. This is driving me crazy!

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Please consult your IT admin to ensure if they’ve not applied any other additional settings for your organization.

  • Nope that didnt work, this is on a local admin account outside of a domain

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