This registry workshop will show you how to configure automatic updates detection frequency in Windows 10/8/7, so that Windows can check for updates faster.

By default, your Windows operating system checks for automatic updates in around every 22 hours. The time in which Windows is set to check for updates is called automatic updates detection frequency.

You can change this update detection frequency, if you want to allow Windows to check more faster for the updates. In this article, we’ll see how you can configure update detection frequency. Well, there is no direct setting to configure this in Control Panel or Settings app. But you can always use below mentioned registry manipulation to change update detection frequency.

How To Configure Automatic Updates Detection Frequency

Registry Disclaimer: The further steps will involve registry manipulation. Making mistakes while manipulating registry could affect your system adversely. So be careful while editing registry entries and create a System Restore point first.

1. Press W8K + R and put regedit in Run dialog box to open Registry Editor (if you’re not familiar with Registry Editor, then click here). Click OK.

Windows 10 Registry Editor

2. In left pane of Registry Editor window, navigate to following registry key:


How To Configure Automatic Updates Detection Frequency

3. Now in the right pane of AU registry key, right click in blank space, select New > DWORD Value. Name the newly created registry DWORD (REG_DWORD) as DetectionFrequency. Similarly, create another registry DWORD and name it as DetectionFrequencyEnabled. Double click on DetectionFrequencyEnabled DWORD to modify its Value data:

How To Configure Automatic Updates Detection Frequency

4. Set the Value data to 1. Click OK. Then double click on DetectionFrequency DWORD, choose Decimal Base and input the Value data n (indicates the time in hours to check for updates) between 1 to 15. Click OK.

How To Configure Automatic Updates Detection Frequency

Close Registry Editor and reboot to make changes effective.

Group Policy Setting: If you want to configure automatic updates detection frequency on multiple machines in your organization/workplace, you can deploy the relevant GPO setting(s). Configure Automatic Updates detection frequency setting at Computer configuration > Administrative templates > Windows Components > Windows Update to Enabled. Then in policy setting Options, set any value between 1 to 22. Here, 22 is default value.

That’s it!

Important Note: The mentioned registry manipulation will work, only if ‘Specify intranet Microsoft update service location‘ GPO setting is Enabled. Also note that if Configure Automatic Updates GPO setting is Disabled, you can’t configure update detection frequency.

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