Background:

The SP1 for Office 2013 Click-to-Run introduced some new update capabilities to the product.  In order to manage these new features, four new Group Policy settings were introduced with the April 2014 update for Office 2013 Click-to-Run

 

Requirements:

In order for these four new policy settings to work, you will need to have at least the April 2014 build of Office 2013 Click-to-Run (Build 15.0.4605.1003) and download the latest Administrative templates files (ADMX/ADML) from the Microsoft Download Center.

 

More Information:

The four new Group Policy settings being introduced are summarized in the following table:

Path Policy Setting Name Description Registry Key
Microsoft Office 2013 (Machine)\Updates Update Path

This policy setting allows you to specify the location where Office will get updates from.

If you enable this policy setting, you can specify one of the following for the update location:  a network share, a folder on the local computer where Office is installed, or an HTTP address. Mapped network drives aren't supported.

If you enable this policy setting, but you leave the update location blank, Office will get updates from the Internet.

If you disable or don't configure this policy setting, Office will get updates from the Internet, unless you specify a different location by using the Office Deployment Tool.

Important: This policy setting only applies to Office products that are installed by using Click-to-Run. It doesn't apply to Office products that use Windows Installer (MSI).

HKLM\software\policies\microsoft\office\15.0\common\officeupdate!updatepath

Microsoft Office 2013 (Machine)\Updates Target Version

This policy setting allows you to specify a version number that you want to update Office to.  For example, version 15.0.4551.1512.

If you enable this policy setting, you specify the version that you want to update Office to. The next time Office looks for updates, Office will try to update to that version. The version must be available where Office is configured to look for updates (for example, on a network share). If you enable this policy setting, but you leave the version blank, Office is updated to the most current version that's available at the update location for Office.

If you disable or don't configure this policy setting, Office is updated to the most current version that's available at the update location for Office, unless you specify a different version by using the Office Deployment Tool.

Important:  This policy setting only applies to Office products that are installed by using Click-to-Run. It doesn't apply to Office products that use Windows Installer (MSI).

HKLM\software\policies\microsoft\office\15.0\common\officeupdate!updatetargetversion
Microsoft Office 2013 (Machine)\Updates Update Deadline

This policy setting allows you to set a deadline by when updates to Office must be applied.

Prior to the deadline, users will receive multiple reminders to install the updates. If Office isn't updated by the deadline, the updates are applied automatically. If any Office programs are open, they'll be closed, which might result in data loss.

We recommend that you set the deadline at least a week in the future to allow users time to install the updates.

If you enable this policy setting, you set the deadline in the format of MM/DD/YYYY HH:MM in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). For example, 05/14/2014 17:00.

If you disable or don't configure this policy setting, no deadline is set, unless you specify one by using the Office Deployment Tool. Y

ou can use this policy setting with the Target Version policy setting to ensure that Office is updated to a particular version by a particular date.

The deadline only applies to one set of updates. If you want to ensure that Office is always up-to-date, you need to update the deadline in this policy setting every time a new update for Office is available.

Important:  This policy setting only applies to Office products that are installed by using Click-to-Run. It doesn't apply to Office products that use Windows Installer (MSI).

HKLM\software\policies\microsoft\office\15.0\common\officeupdate!updatedeadline
Microsoft Office 2013 (Machine)\Updates Hide Update Notifications

This policy setting allows you to hide notifications to users that updates to Office are available.

When automatic updates are enabled for Office, in most cases updates are applied automatically in the background without any user input. However, updates can't be applied if an Office program is open. If an Office program is open, other attempts are made to apply the updates at a later time. If, after several days, updates haven't been applied, only then will users see a notification that an update to Office is available.

If you enable this policy setting, users won't see notifications that updates to Office are ready to be applied.

If you disable or don't configure this policy setting, users will see notifications that updates to Office are ready to be applied.

This policy setting does not apply to notifications associated with update deadlines.

Important:  This policy setting only applies to Office products that are installed by using Click-to-Run. It doesn't apply to Office products that use Windows Installer (MSI).

HKLM\software\policies\microsoft\office\15.0\common\officeupdate!hideupdatenotifications

 

Related Information:

For more information on the new update related command-line options offered with SP1, please see the blog: The new Update Now feature for Office 2013 Click-to-Run for Office365 and its associated command-line and switches.

For more information about setting the Update Path, Target Version and the Update Deadline by using the Office Deployment Tool, see Reference for Click-to-Run configuration.xml file.  However, you can't set Hide Update Notification by using the Office Deployment Tool.