Windows updates are being controlled by you system admin.

I cannot run updates on server 2012 R2 - It says windows updates cannot check for updates, because some settings on this PC are controlled by your system administrator.
Rezwan SenobarianAsked:
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Robert LemMrCommented:
I have seen this being resolved by logging in as the local administrator instead of the domain administrator.
bbaoIT ConsultantCommented:
is it a physical server or VM? what’s the username logged in for Windows Update?
Rezwan SenobarianAuthor Commented:
Physical server
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bbaoIT ConsultantCommented:
okay. tried local admin as mentioned above?
yo_beeDirector of Information TechnologyCommented:
Please try this

Open an elevated Command Prompt
Run wuauclt.exe /ShowWindowsUpdate
From there run the scan.
Andrew LeniartIT Consultant & Freelance JournalistCommented:
Any third party software installed on the server? I once struck this issue while working on a copy of Server 2008 and it turned out to be another software package that was taking control of update checking. Disabling it fixed the problem for me at the time. May not be your scenario, but just thought I'd throw it out there as something to consider.

Regards, Andrew
echo Andrew.
A setting is being pushed down restricting windows update either GPO in AD environment. or ...

Loging in as admin would only work if the Setting being pushed/set on windows updates provides the option. One could prevent event admins from being able to query MS update services.

We get what the issue is but not the environment in which the system is setup.
Shaun VermaakTechnical SpecialistCommented:
Export this key from the registry and post it here as text. WSUS setting are done at the computer level, not user.

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