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How to REMOVE WSUS CLIENT settings

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  • I have a windows server 2008 that was configured to look to a wsus server that is no longer available. I would like to remove this configuration and set it back to look at microsoft update. I don't see how this can be done. Is it even possible?
    Wednesday, November 18, 2009 9:18 PM

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  • I have a windows server 2008 that was configured to look to a wsus server that is no longer available. I would like to remove this configuration and set it back to look at microsoft update. I don't see how this can be done. Is it even possible?

    Absolutely can be done, and easily so.

    Several options:

    1. In the WSUS GPO assigned to this server, DISABLE the policy "Specify intranet Microsoft update service location".

    2. If the policy has already been removed, or the machine is in a container with no policy applied for WSUS:
            Reset the registry value UseWUServer = dword:0x0 (DISABLED), or
            Delete the entire registry key HKLM\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate
                 which will revert the WUAgent to the original installed behavior of Automatic Updates
                 and then set the desired behavior usign the Control Panel | Windows Update dialog.

    Lawrence Garvin, M.S., MCITP:EA, MCDBA
    Principal/CTO, Onsite Technology Solutions, Houston, Texas
    Microsoft MVP - Software Distribution (2005-2009)
    My MVP Profile: http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/profile/Lawrence.Garvin
    My Blog: http://onsitechsolutions.spaces.live.com
    Thursday, November 19, 2009 1:11 AM
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  • I have a windows server 2008 that was configured to look to a wsus server that is no longer available. I would like to remove this configuration and set it back to look at microsoft update. I don't see how this can be done. Is it even possible?

    Absolutely can be done, and easily so.

    Several options:

    1. In the WSUS GPO assigned to this server, DISABLE the policy "Specify intranet Microsoft update service location".

    2. If the policy has already been removed, or the machine is in a container with no policy applied for WSUS:
            Reset the registry value UseWUServer = dword:0x0 (DISABLED), or
            Delete the entire registry key HKLM\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate
                 which will revert the WUAgent to the original installed behavior of Automatic Updates
                 and then set the desired behavior usign the Control Panel | Windows Update dialog.

    Lawrence Garvin, M.S., MCITP:EA, MCDBA
    Principal/CTO, Onsite Technology Solutions, Houston, Texas
    Microsoft MVP - Software Distribution (2005-2009)
    My MVP Profile: http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/profile/Lawrence.Garvin
    My Blog: http://onsitechsolutions.spaces.live.com
    Thursday, November 19, 2009 1:11 AM
    Moderator
  • A great note and thankyou to the solution to my problem! Deletion of the registry key reverted to Windows (online) patch management.

    Please note that a reboot was required fot Windows 7 Workstation before I could perform the update.

     

    Saturday, April 02, 2011 12:07 AM
  • Reboot is not nessecary, if you restart the Windows Update Service.
    Thursday, September 04, 2014 1:42 PM
  • Thank you.
    Tuesday, January 20, 2015 12:01 PM
  • Thank you. It worked properly. :)
    Monday, August 24, 2015 8:18 AM