Removing “Windows 10 Creators Update is on its way” link using a SCCM Compliance Setting

Yes, a new version of windows is out and it’s time to start creating new tweaks to stop your users from doing some things you don’t want them to do. Since I want to control how my windows installs are configured, I don’t want users upgrading to a new version of windows themselves. Now that version 1703 of Windows 10 is out and your machines have installed the March 2017 cumulative update you may have noticed a message under Update status in Settings that says “Good news! The Windows 10 Creators Update is on its way. Want to be one of the first to get it?” and a link below that says “Yes, show me how“.

Since we are running System Center Configuration Manager, I can create a Compliance Settings Configuration Item, put it in a Baseline and deploy it out to my machines to stop that message from even showing up to my users.

So to start, Create a new Configuration Item

Give it a name (like Remove Windows 10 Creators Update Link)

Select Windows 10 for the version of Windows

Click next a few times and then Close.

Next right click on the Configuration Item you just created and click on Properties

On the General tab put the following
Name: HideMCTLink
Setting type: Registry value
Data type: Integer
Key Name: SOFTWARE\Microsoft\WindowsUpdate\UX\Settings
Value Name: HideMCTLink
Enable: Create the registry value as an REG_DWORD data type if remediated for noncompliant rules

Click on the Compliance Rules tab

Click New and put the following

Name: HideMCTLink
Rule type: Value
the following values: 1
Enable: Remediate noncompliant
Enable: Report noncompliance
Noncompliance Severity: Warning

Click OK and Apply and OK and Apply and OK.

Create a Configuration Baseline and deploy it to your test Windows 10 systems.

Be sure to check the two boxes below or it won’t actually fix the issue.

Once you have tested that it works, deploy it to production and move on to the next issue.


About The Author

I have worked in the computer repair field since the early '90s. I was a technician and then Coordinator of Computer Repair for Regional Education Service Agency II (RESA 2) for 18 years. I currently work for Wayne County Schools as a Network Engineer/Technology Specialist. I am responsible for the schools' Internet access, Wi-Fi, networks, servers, laptops, desktops, and operating systems and software.

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