Disable Users’ Ability to Install Updates via Autodesk Access

Autodesk Access is the new desktop application for installing product updates on Windows devices. This new application provides the ability for users to install their own updates, as long as they have install permissions. This application is built with administrator controls in mind, so if you want to prevent your users from installing updates from Access, you can do so. All users will still have Access available so that they can get information about updates that may impact them. 

You may not want your users attempting to install updates because either: 

  • they don’t have install permissions, and the updates will fail anyway, or 
  • you want to control the distribution of updates via another method, such as SCCM or Microsoft Endpoint Manager.

If this is the case, you will need to disable your users’ ability to install updates via Autodesk Access using the solution that follows. Please consider downloading the email template that has been included with this module (shown below) to advise your users of the change to their software updates functionality.

Solution

The following registry key will disable the Update button in Autodesk Access, as well as notifications about new updates for the users where it is applied. (Note: You will want to save a backup of your users’ registries before creating or deleting registry keys.)

  • Create a new key in the HKCU/Software/Autodesk/ODIS folder. 
    • Key name: DisableManualUpdateInstall
    • DWORD value: 1

To set this key on your users’ devices, use one of the following methods. 

How to Manually Create a Registry Key on a User’s Device

  1. From the Search bar in Windows, type in regedit
  2. Browse to the HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Autodesk/ODIS folder. If it does not exist, create it. 
  3. Right-click on the folder and choose New > DWORD (32-bit) Value
  4. Enter DisableManualUpdateInstall for the Name
  5. Enter 1 for the Data

How to Distribute the Registry Key via Group Policy

If you use Group Policy in your company, you can distribute this key to multiple users via this process: 

  1. Open the Group Policy Management Console, gpmc.msc
  2. Create a new (or edit an existing) Group Policy Object (GPO) in the Organizational Unit you prefer. 
  3. Expand the User Configuration section > Preferences > Windows Settings > Registry
  4. Right-click on Registry and select New > Registry Item
  5. Use these settings: 
    1. Action: Update 
    2. Hive: HKEY_USERS 
    3. Key Path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Autodesk\ODIS 
    4. Value Name: DisableManualUpdateInstall 
    5. Value Type: REG_DWORD 
    6. Value Data: 1 

Logon Script

You can include the following command in any CMD-based user logon script you may have configured: 

REG ADD HKCU\Software\Autodesk\ODIS /V DisableManualUpdateInstall /D 1 /T REG_DWORD

Other Methods

Any other system management tool that allows you to write registry keys should also work like the methods used above.