An update service for Microsoft operating systems, server products, Office applications, Windows Defender, and Internet Explorer. It provides security updates, service packs, roll-ups, feature packs, and malware protection. The service is included in all versions of Windows since Windows 2000.

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Shutdown and apply updates or Reboot

Occasionally, after applying an update (usually through Windows Update) the Start menuhas a small glyph beside the shutdown button, and a tooltip saying "shutdown and apply updates" Wouldn't a reboot ...
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Best practices for preventing problems with OS updates

we are in the process of optimizing our network. Maybe you heard that while deploying SP1 for W7, some computers using a WSUS powered network had problems, and the computers crashed/had to be redone. ...
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Older windows server update with a safety net

I inherited a network with several servers running Windows Server 2003. They have not been updated for several years because my predecessor was concerned that updating Windows Server 2003 might ...
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Centralized Windows/Mac Patch Management that is easy to use

I'm looking for advice on what patch management solutions you would recommend based upon your experience. I'm also looking for which ones you would not recommend based upon your experience. We have ...
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How to specify updates in WSUS

I have WSUS on Windows server 2003 64 bit. I want to specify updates for my clients, for example some PCs I don't want them to update to Internet explore 8 and WSUS has downloaded and updated by ...
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Windows Server 2008 is stuck at “configuring updates - stage 3 of 3 - 0% complete”

This has happened the last two times I've done updates to this system, and I really have no idea what is going on. It is installing a only a month's worth of updates. It only responds to ping and no ...
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Updating server behind a firewall

I currently have 4 server that sit behind a firewall and do not have internet access. In fact they are locked down pretty tight. The 5th server on the network (the domain control) however, has ...
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Windows Update checking/downloading new updates hangs Windows 2008 R2 Enterprise with TMG installed

We have weird situation with Windows 2008R2 and TMG 2010 installed. It happened two times already on 2nd Tuesday of the month that Windows dropped all connections (VPNs, routing etc) and when trying ...
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windows server reboots automatically after scheduled updates

I have 5 different asp.net applications running on windows server 2003. The server reboots automatically after installing scheduled updates from Microsoft. I'm a developer and have admin rights on ...
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Automatically install Microsoft Update utility

I work in an environment with a variety of hardware, so we usually use automated installs and group policy instead of drive imaging for deployment of Windows 7. One step we always have to do manually ...
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Check windows updates on windows 2003 server with a server operator account

On Windows 2003 Server: I know that for installing security windows updates you need an administrator account, but, exist any way to check for updates with an server operator account (or another ...
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How to synchronize Windows 2003 updates from Production > Test server?

We are using a Virtual Private Server to host our production Windows Server 2003 R2 web server. The hosting provider automatically installs the Windows patches (updates) on their own schedule. We ...
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script to run windows update on hyper-V images

I have over 10 hyper-v images that I use for testing various projects. Some I use often some less so. It is a lot of work starting each of the machines individually to run windows update. I was ...
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Windows Updates On Single Production Web Server

What is best practice for installing windows updates on a single production web server. The server is fairly highly loaded with about 500k daily pageviews, and there's no test machine to pretest ...
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I have an administrator account, why can I not turn of the automatic installation (and reboot) of updates in windows server 2008 r2?

When I go to the control panel, the drop down to change the automatic updates configuration is disabled. It says I need administrator access, but I have without a doubt an admin account. Why is this ...
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Why does my server restart after Remote Desktop logoff?

Ok, we have a web server that we remote desktop into from a Windows XP Pro box. The server is Windows Server 2003 R2 Standard Edition, Service Pack 2. When we log into the server after a windows ...
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Remote Desktop Issues

After I ran some windows updates (remotely, using terminal services) and hit restart, I couldn't connect to the remote server via RDP, my client program just says it can't connect. I know the server ...
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Windows Update Won't Open On Win2k8 R2

When I try and open the Windows Update control panel it either never displays, or displays a partially rendered Windows Update window and never seems to "unfreeze". I've tried cycling the Windows ...
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System Center Deployment

I've been looking for a way to update third-party software on my client computers for a while. I want to do some monitoring, push Windows updates for my client computers and push updates for things ...
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Identify Machines where Windows update is disabled or not started

We have noticed over the last week or so that a few of the machines in our enterprise have got their Windows update and bits services disabled, possibly caused by an issue a while ago with the ...
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Disable a microsoft update item via command line

We have 5000+ servers and need to hide the 2008R2 SP1 so that our users don't accidentally install the service pack. I can use PSEXEC, powershell, ect. Is there a way to do this from command line ...
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Windows Server 2003 R2 Update service does not start

Windows 2k3 R2 server SP2 server running WSUS 3.0 sp2. WSUS was working fine for almost a year. Unfortunately the update service on the server stopped auto starting about two months ago and required ...
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Default Microsoft Windows Update Server

I'm in a corporate Windows environment, which has deployed its own WSUS server. The thing is, it seems to hardly ever be updated. This means I don't get the latest updates for months. It's a worry ...
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'pskill \\hostname winlogon' might budge a server “stuck rebooting”, but why?

Question: Executing remote (Sysinternals) command... pskill \\machine winlogon ...can budge a server that is stuck rebooting, but how/why does this work? How do you know which service to kill? To ...
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How to disable Windows Update on all computers in a domain

Instead of logging into each computer, I would like to find a way to disable Windows Update on each computer in the domain from a single location (e.g., the domain controller). The domain controller ...
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batch installing windows update from a local server?

Hi I work for a small PC repair business and installing Windows updates is one of the most dreadful tasks I have to do. Constantly rebooting, and clicking buttons, it gets tiresome. I'm sure ...
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How to always reboot Windows 2008 R2 after a Windows Update

How can I configure Windows 2008 R2 to always reboot after a Windows Update? Here's why: We have Windows Update configured at 5am on production servers. Windows Update can leave a server in a bad ...
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How to block completely Windows Update on my network

I know it is not safe but I need to know how to prevent all computers in my lan to download updates... I have squid as proxy with dansguardian and I use OpenDNS... I have put on a blacklist on ...
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server 2008 r2 stuck on installing updates

I have 2008 r2 64bit server that is stuck on installing updates. It shows message "Please do not power off or unplug your machine. Installing 57 of 61.." This message is shown for 3 hours now. I was ...
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Noob question: Should you tell your (outsourced) IT department to auto-update

If you are outsourcing your IT, and you have servers set up with softlayer or server beach or other place, how do you recommend handling updates to Windows as well as software running on those ...
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Windows Updates mirror for ISPs

I work in a ISP where bandwidth is limited. We want to provide our customers a mirror for WINDOWS UPDATES, so we cant save bandwidth and provide to our customers a faster connection. How can we ...
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Can we disable/hide Automatic Update notifications for Local Admin users on Windows 2008 TS?

We have a Windows 2008 standard Terminal Server which runs our business management software, which itself requires local admin access to run. When Automatic Updates are available users are presented ...
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Windows Server 2008 R2 64 bit's Automatic Update is stuck

I need to install .NET framework 3.5SP1 on Windows server 2008R2 64 bit server, but windows is not allowing me to do this manually. I tried to do this with Windows Update, but Windows update is stuck ...
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Low cost WSUS Alternative?

We currently use WSUS and it's fantastic for our workstations and keeping track of what updates our servers need. I'd sooner not automatically have WSUS install patches in the small hours to our ...
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Non-MS program updates in a domain

I have an AD domain and I don't want my users to have admin privileges on their local computer. I have WSUS for Windows updates and stuff but what about Firefox, Flash and other third party program ...
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Will IIS always be installed as fully patched?

When I install Internet Information Server on a Windows machine that is fully patched according to Windows Update, will it be installed as patched right from the start? I have always wondered if any ...
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Windows Server 2003 Updates settings and client Win7 computers

I have a Windows Server 2003 machine which is the server for a small network of Window 7 Pro machines. I have set the "Windows Update" settings in group policy to download only and ask user whether to ...
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Scripting Windows Service Pack installation

I am evaluating the LabTech managed service provider software, which among other things can install windows updates. Most updates are installed correctly, but some, such as installing SP2 on Win ...
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Find Installation Date of Windows Updates

Is it possible to find the date when windows updates were installed on windows server 2003? If I go to the controlpanel->install/uninstall programs and check the "Show Updates" checkbox it will show ...
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Windows Update fails with 8E5E03FE on Windows 7

Two updates continually fail with error code 8E5E03FE; Downloading the files and installing them directly don't make any difference. The WindowsUpdate log says: 2010-10-12 11:22:04:256 1072 ...
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How to manually run Windows Update for Windows 2003?

I'd like to manually run windows update without accessing the windows update web site. Could you give me a hand? Thanks!
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Windows Vista: error 646 raised by Windows Update when applying update for Office 2007

I have 12 Vista desktops on a Windows 2003 SBS domain. The updates are controlled through Windows Update Services 3. The desktops have the same hardware and software configuration: Windows Vista ...
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windows 2003 - Can a server operator install windows update packages?

If not, do you know witch permissions have to been granted for that? thanks!
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Email Notifications for Required Restarts in Windows Server 2008

Is it possible to have Windows send me an email when an update is required to complete updates? I have my server setup to install updates automatically, but not restart afterwards. I have found that I ...
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Updating windows from a central system

I want to setup a central system (server) which will directly update windows from the internet. The other (client) systems will connect to the central system (server) and update their copy of windows ...
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Easier ways of setting up Windows Server 2008?

I need to set up a few Server 2008 dev servers and I'm struggling with how to do this efficiently. With any debian-based distro, I pop in a CD, run through the install, reboot, apply apt-get update ...
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SQL Server Express 2005 SP3 Update Keeps Coming Back (KB995706)

I have installed the above update through Windows Update. The update went through, reported a successful installation, and then straight after that it came back as an available update. I have done it ...
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Windows 2008 Enterprise Windows Update does not update and it does not error

I have a Virtual Windows 2008 Enterprise server. When i go to Windows Update it says No new updates are available for your computer but i DO believe it is not actually checking for updates. When i ...
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Group Policy to have different groups using different Windows update Source

I am trying to set up a group policy (Under Windows Server 2003) so that staff computers will point to a WSUS server for Windows update, while computers in another group (IT & Test group) will ...
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Windows 7 slipstreamed ISO

Can I be clear and mention I'm not after pirating Windows 7. I have an MSDN subscription and I'm about to reinstall Windows 7. Is there a way of easily slipstreaming all the updates or even ...