Windows Update “Managed by your system administrator” nightmare

Today I encountered a bizarre issue when performing a routine setup on a refurbished (read: practically brand new) Dell Studio laptop. The problem manifested itself when Windows Update was run; rather than successfully connect to the Windows Update server and download updates information, the client would return an error:

Error Code 0x80072EE2
You receive updates: Managed by your system administrator

This sort of behavior is expected if your PC is set to receive Windows Updates via the WSUS service; in other words, not from the standard Windows Updates servers. But this computer was all-new (a new Windows install) and had never had a group policy set related to this (at least, it wasn’t supposed to have had it set)!

None of the usual Windows Update repair tools corrected the problem. Luckily, however, after a bit of research and experimentation, I devised a solution. Please note that this solutionshould not be performed if your computer uses a Group Policy for Windows Update:

  1. Open RegEdit and navigate toHKLM\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate
  2. Remove any and all values within this key. Most likely, the culprit is a faulty Windows Update source server. Sometimes this is the result of a latent or previous infection.
  3. Finally, download and run Microsoft FixIt 50202. Try the Default settings first, and if that does not work, try Aggressive.
  4. Reboot the computer and check to see that Windows Update is working properly.

An annoying issue to be sure, but at least this solution works! Please let me know if this solution has helped you. 🙂

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4 thoughts on “Windows Update “Managed by your system administrator” nightmare

  1. Thanks alot i was facing this issue for so long and finally this worked for me.. Thank you so much !

  2. I have tried various things but this solution did work. This is very simple but no one knows about it. Tons of Thanks to the Author !

    “1.Open RegEdit and navigate toHKLM\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate
    2.Remove any and all values within this key”

    Worked on Windows Server 2008 R2. Now, the server is updating Windows updates.

    Thank you for the solution.

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