: Of course there are many other methods of pushing registry changes to workstations.In this article I will show you an easy way to disable automatic Adobe Reader XI updates from running per users requests.Although it is a cool toy; working with it without proper attention can cause unexpected behavior.
Many system administrators have encountered this at least once in our lifetime, or should I say at least once a week: We constantly find ourselves trying to control our network and environment, protecting it from malware, constantly keeping it up to date, and in many cases also protecting it from users that can be blamed for our hair loss among many other things.One of these struggles is to keep our software, operating systems, and hardware up to date with the latest patches, fixes, or service packs.Action: Update Hive: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE Key Path: SOFTWARE\Policies\Adobe\Acrobat Reader.0\Feature Lock Down (In case Adobe Reader is installed on the computer that you creating the GPO on, you just have to browse to above location).Value name: b Updater Value type: REG_DWORD Value data: 00000000 Base: Hexadecimal And as I mentioned before, this key did not exist before we applied the GPO; instead, it was created by our GPO. Now if you check the Help menu, you see that Check for Updates is missing. Note that this article was written and contributed to the site by Amir Meron.
In fact, you can configure any aspect of the computer behavior with it.The GPOs are replicated among the Domain Controllers of the Domain through replication of the Active Directory.GPT – Group Policy Templates – The GPT is where the GPO stores the actual settings.The key located under: The registry entry called: b Updater and it is a DWORD value.By simply setting the value to 0, the updates will be disabled.You might still want to apply the updates to your network, but maybe you prefer doing it in a time frame you choose or want to test it before applying.