How To Disable WSUS On Windows 10/8.1 Managed Computers

Once the WSUS (Windows Server Update Service) implemented on your company network via Group policy, your Windows 10 or 8.1 computer will be looking for Windows updates via the local WSUS server. Though it helps the network administrator to manage the updates and client computers optimally in a larger environment, as an end-user, it may create some issues. Here I show you how to disable WSUS on Windows 10 computer without changing the Group policy or update server settings.

When a computer is set to get updates from WSUS only, you may not be able to receive required/optional Windows updates until the administrator approves them on the server. Also, if you take your computer outside the network, then you can’t do the Windows update, or any features download from the direct Internet because it is set to download from WSUS only.

Disable WSUS on Windows 10 by Registry Modification

This method is simple and easy. As an end-user, you can perform on your computer.

Note: This is just a temporary solution. If you connect back the computer to the company network, the WSUS group policy will be applied automatically and revert the changes we are going to do below.  The ideal permanent solution is to move your computer to the different OU where WSUS policy not applied, which can be done by the network/Windows update administrator only. So, as a computer user, we have only below option to disable WSUS on Windows 10.

To make Windows update/component to download from Microsoft online Windows update servers via the direct Internet, we can do these steps.

1) Open Registry editor (Type regedit in Search), and access following location.

Open Regedit


2) Change the value from 1 to 0 in UseWUServer key. 1 is to use WSUS server and 0 for not.

Modified Registry - Disable WSUS On Windows 10

3) Once you have changed the above key from 1 to 0, close the registry editor and restart Windows update service. Even if you are okay, restart the computer to take effect.

Restart Windows Update Service

Now connect the computer to direct Internet and try Windows update or any other component installation from the Microsoft Update website. It should work fine this time.

You may need to check some more guides here about Windows update issues.

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If you are still facing some issues in downloading and installing Windows updates, possibly the Windows update service/content corrupted in your computer. It is nothing to do with WSUS anymore. You need to look into that direction to solve the issue.

Dinesh is the founder of Sysprobs and written more than 400 articles. Enthusiast in Microsoft and cloud technologies with more than 15 years of IT experience.

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