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Is there a way to programmatically configure automatic updates to only install critical updates. I already know about the policy inf file configuration allowed by secedit.exe however nothing speaks specifically about critical updates. Any help is appreciated.

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Did you mean locally on the machine or for the Domain? WSUS should be able to cover this for your workstations if you have access to a domain controller..... – danbo Jan 18 '11 at 17:57
This per the local machine. – TheAnomaly Jan 18 '11 at 18:11

Those that are installed automatically are critical updates, the optional have to be done manually.

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