I've had the Group Policy removed from my account, and from my local machine so that I can run Windows Updates on my computer rather than waiting for them from the Administrators.

But even with all this removed it still blocks the updates and says they are managed by the Administrator.

The Ops aren't sure why it's not working.

How can I figure out what's wrong?!?

2 Answers 2


Delete the following reg keys:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\WindowsUpdate HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\WindowsUpdate HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer -> NoWindowsUpdate

This should remove all restrictions. Make sure that GPO really does not apply to you anymore.

  • Yeah those are all gone, well they are turned off. WSUS is set to blank, and updates are all on 0 not 1.
    – Phill
    Jul 4, 2012 at 9:15
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    OH, I just found HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Microsoft/Windows/CurrentVersion/Policies/Explorer which has NoWindowsUpdate in it, removed that. Logged off and back on. Windows Updates Available!!!!
    – Phill
    Jul 4, 2012 at 9:18
  • @Phill, why don't you put that as an answer? Jul 4, 2012 at 9:41
  • @JanisVeinbergs wont let me yet. Have to wait until tomorrow. :(
    – Phill
    Jul 4, 2012 at 9:47
  • I edited my answer to include your key as well.
    – MichelZ
    Jul 4, 2012 at 9:51

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\WindowsUpdate] "DisableWindowsUpdateAccess"=dword:00000000

Set to zero

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