Article ID: 124461, created on Feb 15, 2015, last review on Jun 17, 2016

  • Applies to:
  • Virtuozzo containers for Windows


On a Windows Server 2003 hardware node, the Windows Update settings are grayed out and cannot be changed:



The settings cannot be altered because they are controlled by some application or by domain policy.


  1. Open regedit while logged in as a user with administrator privileges
  2. Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate\AU
  3. Locate DisableWindowsUpdateAccess, AUOptions and NoAutoUpdate keys and remove them
  4. Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\WindowsUpdate
  5. Remove key DisableWindowsUpdateAccess
  6. Restart the Windows Update service:

    C:\>net stop wuauserv /Y && net start wuauserv

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