By default, Windows VPSes download the available updates automatically, but you can determine when a reboot is performed to install them. You can also have the reboot performed automatically every week by installing our registry key.
For VPSes with Service Level 2 and virtual servers delivered between 19 February 2010 and 19 September 2011, this registry key was implemented by default.
This registry key makes the following changes to the configuration of your Windows VPS:
The location of the Windows update server within our network.
Switches on automatic downloading of all available updates.
Automatic installation of updates every Thursday morning at 3:00.
No automatic reboot if there is an active remote desktop session (user will be notified).
If you want to install the registry key you can download it via the following link: WSUS registry key. Just unpack the ZIP file, then double-click the key to add the key to your VPS's registry.
You can find these settings in the registry in the following registry path:
Manual modification of the automatic update schedule
You can change the following variables in the registry:
Changing the day of the updates
To change the day on which updates are performed, you must change the value in the properties of [ScheduledInstallDay]
to the desired day of the week.
Microsoft considers Sunday to be day 1. The standard value is therefore 5 (Thursday).
Changing the time
The installation time is set to 3:00 CET by default.
The value in the key [ScheduledInstallTime] is '3'. This is the '3' (in 24-hour notation) for 3:00.
Microsoft only allows updates to be performed on the whole hour; if you want to perform updates at 11 o'clock in the evening, for example, change this value to '23'.
Deleting the registry key
If you no longer want to make use of our Windows Update Service, you can delete the key from the registry. Use the Registry Editor to browse to the following path:
Now delete the WindowsUpdate entry by right-clicking it and selecting 'Delete'.