manually point windows 8 to local WSUS

I often have customers PCs that need many windows updates downloading and installing.

I have a local WSUS running on server 2012 at my premises. I would like to tempoarily point these client PCs to my WSUS server.

The client PC in question at the moment is a Windows 8.1 Premium laptop.

I know I can use a local policy to specify the WSUS server. gpedit is not available on the PC. I  know I could install it but Id rather not.

Is there a specific registry entry I can change, I have been unable to find the key that I need to amend?
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McKnifeCommented:
Here's the docu https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd939844(v=ws.10).aspx which shows you what registry keys to set. Afterwards restart the client or the windows update service at the client.
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McKnifeCommented:
Back in the office I can provide a sample file (wsus' name is wsus.domain.local here)
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate]
"WUServer"="http://wsus.domain.local"
"WUStatusServer"="http://wsus.domain.local"

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate\AU]
"RescheduleWaitTime"=dword:00000001
"NoAutoRebootWithLoggedOnUsers"=dword:00000001
"AutoInstallMinorUpdates"=dword:00000001
"NoAutoUpdate"=dword:00000000
"AUOptions"=dword:00000004
"ScheduledInstallDay"=dword:00000003
"ScheduledInstallTime"=dword:00000009
"UseWUServer"=dword:00000001
"DetectionFrequencyEnabled"=dword:00000001
"DetectionFrequency"=dword:00000007
"RebootRelaunchTimeoutEnabled"=dword:00000001
"RebootRelaunchTimeout"=dword:000001e0

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roy_battyDirectorAuthor Commented:
This highlights the problem I am having.

The path in the registry to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate doesnt exist.

It goes as far as HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows

Any ideas?
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McKnifeCommented:
It is normal that it does not exist.
Just merge that regfile and it will be created. After restarting the windows update service, it will work.
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roy_battyDirectorAuthor Commented:
OK sorry in the delay in responding here.

I have run the reg file and it has added the entries to the register as expected.

But the client PC doesn't get the update. I get an error 80072EFE.

When I go to the server and look at IIS. When I try to browse the WSUS Administration site (i'm presuming this is where the client PC look for update) I just get a blank page. I have restarted the site but that didn't help.

Any suggestions?
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McKnifeCommented:
Did your wsus work until now? Changing the client cannot have changed the server.
Did you edit the regfile so that the fqdn of your wsus is used? You'd have to.
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roy_battyDirectorAuthor Commented:
Sorry Im not being very clear. I have only recently set up WSUS server. It had no clients currently added to it. Im trying to learn how it works really.

The first thing I want to use it for is updating customer PCs that I work on. These are obviously on a workgroup and only temporarily on my network.

Only once I have got that working will I start using it to update my own machines via GPO.

So in answer to your question, no I am not certain that it was working.
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roy_battyDirectorAuthor Commented:
I'm going to ask this part as a new question. Thanks for the help
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