[SOLVED] Possible to Enable Microsoft Updates via Registry, GPO, Separate Download?

Is it possible to enable Microsoft Updates via a registry key, group policy or by downloading & installing a separate package to 'flip the switch'?

To clarify, I'm not talking about enabling 'Automatic Updates'.  By default systems get Windows Updates, but I want to get Microsoft Updates to get updates for all Microsoft applications (The Office Suite, Visio, Project etc).

UPDATE: This is solved.  The given solutions further below will work.  I'll just point everyone to this excellent Microsoft article:

Opt-In to Microsoft Updatehttps://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/desktop/aa826676(v=vs.85).aspx

 

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Last updated November 9, 2018 Views 42,788 Applies to:
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This should be doable via GPO. See TaurArian's reply. Also see...

Group Policy Team Blog : Tales from the Community: How do I deploy Windows 7 policy settings:
http://blogs.technet.com/grouppolicy/archive/2010/01/19/tales-from-the-community-how-do-i-deploy-windows-7-policy-settings.aspx

Scripting with Windows PowerShell
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/scriptcenter/dd742419.aspx

You'd probably be better off asking such questions in the Win7 IT Pro forums: http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/category/w7itpro 

       
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Not sure if this helps -

Windows Server 2008, Vista, Windows XP & Windows 2000
How to configure automatic updates by using Group Policy or registry settings
http://support.microsoft.com/KB/328010

TaurArian [MVP] 2005-2010 - Update Services
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