can't change windows update settings even though I am the administrator

When I try to change the windows update settings, the options are greyed out and I get the message at the top "Some settings are managed by your system administrator."  However, I am the system administrator.  Creating another account and designating it the system administrator account does not help. 

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Last updated January 21, 2019 Views 89,235 Applies to:

This was the only way I found to fix this:


Be very careful editing windows registry


For Windows Vista/7


Click Start and type regedit in the Search Programs and Files field. Then right-click on regedit in the programs list and select Run as Administrator.


Within the Registry Editor, navigate to: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate\AU.


On the right side of the window, locate AUOptions and NoAutoUpdate. Delete both of these registry keys.




You should now be able to edit Windows Update

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