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Trying to figure out the registry keys to modify, in order to point Windows 7 client computers to a WSUS server on our LAN. Several online articles specify the two following registry keys:

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

However, I can't find "WindowsUpdate" in the above path, in regedit. How do I point my Windows 7 computers to our WSUS server?
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Hi,

The best way to configure the  WSUS client is Group policy.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh852346.aspx

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To enable WSUS through a domain GPO

    In the Group Policy Management Console (GPMC), browse to the GPO on which you want to configure WSUS, and then click Edit.

    In the GPMC, expand Computer Configuration, expand Policies, expand Administrative Templates, expand Windows Components, and then click Windows Update.

    In the details pane, double-click Configure Automatic Updates. The Configure Automatic Updates policy opens.

    Click Enabled, and then select one of the following options under the Configure automatic updating setting:
        Notify for download and notify for install. This option notifies a logged-on administrative user before you download and install the updates.

        Auto download and notify for install. This option automatically begins downloading updates and then notifies a logged-on administrative user before installing the updates. By default, this option is selected.

        Auto download and schedule the install. This option automatically begins downloading updates and then installs the updates on the day and time that you specify.

        Allow local admin to choose setting. This option lets local administrators to use Automatic Updates in Control Panel to select a configuration option. For example, they can choose a scheduled installation time. Local administrators cannot disable Automatic Updates.

    Select Enable client-side targeting, select Enabled, and then type the name of the WSUS computer group to which you want to add this computer in the Target group name for this computer box.
   
    Click OK to close the Enable client-side targeting policy and return to the Windows Update details pane.

    Click OK to close the Configure Automatic Updates policy and return to the Windows Update details pane.

    In the Windows Update details pane, double-click Specify intranet Microsoft update service location.

    Click Enabled, and then, server in the Set the intranet update service for detecting updates and Set the intranet statistics server text boxes, type the same URL of the WSUS server. For example, type http://servername in both boxes (where servername is the name of the WSUS server).
    WarningWarning
    When you type the intranet address of your WSUS server make sure to specify which port is going to be used. By default WSUS will use port 8530 for HTTP and 8531 for HTTPS. For example, if you are using HTTP, you should type http://servername:8530.

    Click OK.

After you set up a client computer, it will take several minutes before the computer appears on the Computers page in the WSUS Administration Console. For client computers that are configured with a domain-based Group Policy Object, it can take about 20 minutes for Group Policy to apply the new policy settings to the client computer. By default, Group Policy updates in the background every 90 minutes, with a random offset of 0–30 minutes. If you want to update Group Policy sooner, you can open a Command Prompt window on the client computer and type gpupdate /force.

For client computers that are configured by using the Local Group Policy Editor, the GPO is applied immediately, and the update takes about 20 minutes. If you begin detection manually, you do not have to wait 20 minutes for the client computer to contact WSUS.

Because waiting for detection to start can be a time-consuming process, you can use the following procedure to initiate detection immediately.
To initiate WSUS detection

    On the client computer, open a Command Prompt window with elevated privileges.

    Type wuauclt.exe /detectnow, and then press ENTER.

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but if you still want to use the registry then make sure that Automatic update (wuauserv) service is running.
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Hi!

Set WSUS server in the following registry folder:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate

Here's a table of the keys and their meaning:
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd939844%28v=ws.10%29.aspx

Regards, Tobias
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@TobiasHolm

The OP has specifically stated that he doesnt see the folder "WindowsUpdate"
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Then you have to create the folder if it doesn't exist.
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by:Donald Stewart
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^^^Which Group Policy will do ^^^
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Someone else was assigned the work. Had too much on my plate. Thanks!
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