Disable WSUS by Registry On Windows 11/10/8.1 Managed Computers

Once the WSUS (Windows Server Update Service) is implemented in your company network via Group policy, your Windows 11/10 or 8.1 computer will look for Windows updates via this local WSUS server. Though it helps the network administrator manage the updates and client computers optimally in a larger environment, it may create some issues for end-users. Follow the steps below to disable WSUS by registry key on Windows 10/11 without changing the Group Policy.

When a computer is set to get updates from WSUS, it may not be able to receive required or optional Windows updates until the administrator approves them on the server.

If you take your computer outside the local/company network, you can’t perform the Windows update. For example, you can’t install the latest Windows updates for your office laptop at home.

Also, it prevents any Windows features from downloading from the direct Internet because it is set to download from WSUS only.

Disable WSUS on Windows 10/11 by Registry Modification

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

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

  1. Open Registry Editor (Type regedit in Search)
  2. Access to the following location:  HKLM/Software/Policies/Microsoft/Windows/WindowsUpdate/AU/
  3. Change the value from 1 to 0 in the UseWUServer key. 1 is to use a WSUS server, and 0 is to disable it.
  4. Once you have changed the above key from 1 to 0, close the registry editor and restart the Windows update service. Even if you are okay, restart the computer to take effect.
Modified Registry - Disable WSUS On Windows 10

Here is the place to restart the Windows update service.

Restart Windows Update Service

Remove WSUS by PowerShell

If you like to use Powershell commands on the local or remote computer to disable WSUS, follow the below steps.

  1. Search for PowerShell or access it from the Start menu, then right-click and select run as administrator.
  2. We need to stop the Windows update service before executing the command. Type Stop-Service -Name wuauserv to stop Windows update service.
  3. Remove the Windows update registry key that is related to WSUS. Type this command: Remove-Item HKLM: \Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate -Recurse
  4. Let’s start the Windows update service by typing Start-Service -name wuauserv

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

You may need to check some other guides related to Windows update issues.

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If you are still facing some issues downloading and installing Windows updates on the direct Internet, the Windows update service/content may have been corrupted. It is nothing to do with WSUS anymore. You need to look into other directions to solve the problem.

If any of the above solutions did not fix the Windows PC issues, we recommend downloading the below PC repair tool to identify and solve any PC Issues.

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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