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How to point client computers away from WSUS server and back to Windows Update site?

Essentially, I'm trying to remove or modify the Group Policy or registry settings that point a client computer to a WSUS server. I have local administrative privileges on the client and it is no longer joined to the domain. The client is offsite and to reiterate, it is no longer joined to the domain. The objective is to have the client point to the Windows Update site instead of the WSUS server.
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Mike ThomasConsultantCommented:
Edit the policy that sets the update setting back to "Not Configured" which can be found...

In Group Policy Object Editor, expand Computer Configuration, expand Administrative Templates, expand Windows Components, and then click Windows Update.
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SteveIT ManagerCommented:
In the same light, move the computer to another OU
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duncan320Commented:
Edit the local PC policy and set to "Not Configured"
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jcb431Author Commented:
It was already set as "Not Configured". So I set it to "Enabled", rebotoed and ran Windows update unsuccessfully. I set it back to "Not Configured", rebooted  and once again ran Windows update unsuccessfully.
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duncan320Commented:
In windows update in control panel, doe sit still say "managed by your system administrator"  ?
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jcb431Author Commented:
Yes.
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duncan320Commented:
Theres a reg key at

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Policies \ Microsoft \ Windows \ WindowsUpdate \

that has the update server details, not sure if you can remove this and it will default to windows update
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jcb431Author Commented:
I think we're getting warmer. What are the default values for the WUServer and WUStatusServer keys? Naturally, mine are the WSUS server's URL and port number. I tried a couple of public URLs such as: http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com, but it doesn't work. Deleting them entirely doesn't default me to the Windows Update site either.
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Donald StewartNetwork AdministratorCommented:
All you need to do is delete these keys
 
WUServer and WUStatusServer  
 
" Deleting them entirely doesn't default me to the Windows Update site either. "
 
What does your windowsupdate.log look like <<<< could you post it
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jcb431Author Commented:
Deleting those keys and subsequently attempting to run Windows Update produced the following error in the windowsupdate.log: WARNING: WU client failed Searching for update with error 0x80070057. The complete log file is attached.
Old-WindowsUpdate.log
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Donald StewartNetwork AdministratorCommented:
Reset Windows Update components and try again
 
 
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/971058 
 
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Mike ThomasConsultantCommented:
That it such a common error run "sfc /scnanow" or run a repair

or maybe throwing caution to the wind, saving some time and rebuilding. :/
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jcb431Author Commented:
Initially, I had not rebooted after deleting those keys and wu ran unsuccessfully. Before following your last bit of advice, I thought I should first try a reboot and run wu once more. It worked. How's it go? When in doubt, reboot? Thanks for all of your insight.
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