How to View Windows Update Policies Applied to PC in Windows 11

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This post describes steps one can take to view configured policies for Windows Update in Windows 11.

Windows Update is a feature that comes with Windows to help download and install updates, improve the system’s security and performance, and more.

Suppose your computer is not automatically downloading the latest updates. In that case, there might be issues with how your system is configured and problems with Windows update policies preventing your device from receiving updates.

In some environments, policies are used to control Windows devices. For example, these policies can help you manage single-user devices, multi-user devices, education devices, kiosks, billboards, factory machines, and more.

An excellent place to look and see which Windows Update policies are applied to a machine is to use Group Policy Editor and navigate to the path below:

Group Policy path: […]/Administrative Templates/Windows Components/ Windows Updates

You’ll find all the Windows policies configured for Windows devices there.

How to view configured policies for Windows updates in Windows 11

As described above, Windows Update helps secure your device by downloading the latest security updates and improvement packages.

In previous versions of Windows, one must use the Group Policy Editor app to view Windows Update policies that are applied to a machine.

With Windows 11, users can now see Windows Update policies applied to a machine simply by using the Windows Settings app and going to Windows Update.

Below is how to do that.

Windows 11 has a centralized location for the majority of its settings. As a result, everything can be done, from system configurations to creating new users and updating Windows from its System Settings pane.

To get to System Settings, you can use the Windows key + I shortcut or click on Start ==> Settings, as shown in the image below:

Alternatively, you can use the search box on the taskbar and search for Settings. Then select to open it.

Windows Settings pane should look similar to the image below. On the Windows Settings app, click the Windows Update on the left, then select the Advanced options tile on the right pane, as highlighted in the image below.

Select the Configured update policies tile on the Windows Update -> Advanced options settings pane.

On the Windows Update,> Advanced options -> Configured update policies, under Policies set on your device, you should see all the policies configured for your device.

That should do it! You can now close the Windows Settings app.


This post showed you how to view updated policies on your device in Windows 11. Please use the comment form below if you find any errors above or have something to share.

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