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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Best way to fully update a new installed Windows?

I am wondering, what is the best way to automatically update a new installation of Windows (Windows 7)? When I manually update a new install of Windows 7 SP1, I get about 45 updates. Installing ...
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Should we be installing Windows Security updates? [closed]

I just RDP'd into one of my companies servers, was alerted to windows updates, so I click. Then I see 62 high priority updates, with the last update (according to update history) was installed on ...
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'Windows Update' Best Practices

I'm finding that most users ignore the "There are updates ready to be installed, click here to install" message that WSUS pushes out. Until now we haven't forced the install but I'm thinking about ...
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Building a WSUS server: where to start?

Rather than having all of my computers go out to the internet and download their Automatic Updates, I am seriously considering building a WSUS server. That is, a Windows Update server. I have read ...
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Microsoft Windows - Install Updates And Restart (instead of Install and Shutdown)

I have a Windows box I would like to manage remotely. When I logged in this morning, the Start menu shows a ! next to the Shutdown button, notifying me there are updates to install. But the only ...
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How to install Windows Updates from command-line

Is it possible to install windows updates from the command-line? The graphical update tool doesn't seem to work so well in Windows 7. Sometimes it does, sometimes it doesn't... My problem is that I ...
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What does the Windows XP EOL/EOS mean for a business and it's domain?

I am hoping someone can explain in simple terms, what it really means that windows XP will be end of life? It looks like SP2 is already not being patched, but maybe SP3 is going to be patched up ...
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Updating Hyper-V Server 2012 (free version)

I am setting up a cluster of Hyper-V Server 2012 machines. I've got remote access to the machines via windows 8 and the various remote management consoles. I can't seem to figure out how to run ...
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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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Server 2008 stuck in reboot loop “Configuring Updates: Stage 3 of 3”

Our server performed some updates last night and this morning we came in to find it stuck in a boot -> "Applying System Configurations" -> "Configuring Updates: Stage 3 of 3. 0%" -> reboot loop. Safe ...
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Is there a way to control where a windows update extracts temporary files?

Working on a vendor built system, we've realized that OS partition (C:) they created was rather small (38 GB). The object is to update Windows 2008 R2 to SP1. Several sources state that 8 GB is ...
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Issues with patching servers remotely using winrm and Microsoft.Update.Session

I have a network with windows 2003, 2008 and 2008r2 servers. I have a powershell script that I wrote to patch a local machine using the "Microsoft.Update" com objects. (Similar to Windows Update ...
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Prevent Server Restart after Windows Updates

we have a number of servers in our office, as a small hosting company, and these servers are critical to business, ... web server, mail server, db server, etc. On a semi-regular basis, when the ...
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Number of important Windows Updates

For Microsoft Server OS's, is there a location in the registry or possibly WMI that stores the number of pending Important Updates? My inventory software supports wmi and registry keys. Trying to see ...
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Windows Updates taking a long time to install

I manage a WSUS server for a large number of servers in a shared environment. Recently I noticed that despite the scheduled install time configured via the local gpo of many servers, they were not ...
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WSUS not making available all updates

I have recently installed WSUS (v3.2.7600.226) on a Windows 2008 Std server, and configured 4 test PCs to connect to it through group policy. They are detected by WSUS, and the PCs are downloading ...
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How do I disable “Restart your computer to finish installing updates” popup with GPO?

I've got some kiosk computers that are on a domain and permanently logged in, and receive updates for FEP through WSUS. This works great, except that occasionally, I get this dialog appearing in the ...
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ConfigMgr 2012 - How to automatically make updates available to computers without forcing them to be installed?

I'm using System Center Configuration Manager 2012 with the Software Update Point feature; however, in this environment patching has to be strictly manual, because server reboots need to be approved ...
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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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How to prevent Server rebooting upon log off when a restart is pending?

This issue is related to Windows Update forcing a restart when the last session logs off Server 2003. Updates have been installed and a restart is pending. Obviously this is problematic if the last ...
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Can I change the update descriptions in WSUS?

On each Microsoft patch day, I have a pretty large amount of new updates I want to approve to my clients. But instead of 'Approve all updates and continue', I gather information on each update at its ...
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WSUS and Pulled Patches

When Microsoft pulls bad patches, does WSUS automatically pull the patches as well or do we need to do it manually? If we have to do it manually, how do we keep on top of bad patches?
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Event ID 16: Windows Update Client ignoring proxy settings

Have a couple of locked down, standalone Windows 2008 R2 servers (not on a domain; no WSUS) that refuse to adhere to the proxy settings each morning at around 4:25AM EST with what I'm assuming is a ...
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Windows Update: can't apply updates even as domain admin on Server 2008 R2

I open the Windows Update control panel, and it says "some settings are managed by your system administrator." Problem is, I'm logged in as a domain admin. Tried so far: Searched the output of ...
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What time of day does Microsoft Release patches on “Patch Tuesday”

I've tried my servers and they don't see the patches that Microsoft has released. Usually Windows Update automatically installs them on Wednesday, so it must be something late in the day -- yet I ...
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Howto initiate Windows Update on server core from a PS remote session?

When I am logged in via remote desktop on a Windows Server 2012 R2 Core machine I can trigger the windows update by running sconfig.cmd. This however fails when its getting called within a PS remote ...
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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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How to diagnose why an update cannot be installed on Windows Server 2003?

On one specific server sometimes I get an error message when I'm trying to install security updates. The message is showed immediately after trying to install them. Where can I find the log files ...
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Declining superseded updates in WSUS

When you click on an update that has been superseded in WSUS, you get a warning that says you should verify the update is no longer needed before declining it. According to Microsoft, you're supposed ...
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Is there a way to script the installation of System Center Configuration Manager updates listed in Software Center?

We have a very tight outage window and for many of our systems, the servers must be rebooted in the correct order. Because of this, I would like to script our updates. I have attempted to use this ...
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Automatic Updates occurring unintentionally

My boss and I were sitting in our server room today when we all of a sudden heard one of our servers go into hyper-speed, indicating that it was restarting. You can imagine the immediate "oh crap" ...
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HP z800 running Vista loses NVIDIA display settings after Windows Update

Not sure if this is a SuperUser question or not... I'm approaching from the administrator's perspective. One of my users is on an HP z800 workstation running a financial trading application. This ...
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Run specific script after every Windows Update

Is there a way to run a specific script each time Windows update completes (i.e., after reboot or after an update that doesn't require a reboot)? My application is suffering from MSCOMCTL.OCX ...
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Automated Windows Updates Software?

I have heard of WSUS, but is that the best solution? I have techs interrupting our clients to do Windows Updates during business hours. I need a solution that will reduce customer interruptions and ...
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How important is patch management? [duplicate]

Problem I'm trying to sell the idea of organizational patch/update management and antivirus management to my superiors. Thus far, my proposition has been met with two responses: We haven't had any ...
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How do you reboot Windows Server 2003 and be sure it does NOT install any updates

We need to reboot a win 2003 standard server with the least amount of down time possible. What steps do you take to ensure no windows updates will be applied durring the reboot?
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How do to uninstall windows updates, from a prompt or PS in Hyper-V server?

I'm having an issue on my server when working with my VM guests, and I think its due to a recently installed update. What is the correct command to uninstall Windows Updates from either the command ...
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Windows Update on Server Core 2012

I've been searching for awhile and have yet to find the answer to my question on exactly how windows update works with Server Core 2012. I have a couple of domain controllers i just brought online and ...
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WSUS Clients Updating from Microsoft Update

We have a Windows domain and run WSUS for managing client updates. This is all working fine, except when laptop users take their laptops home. When these machines are on their own private network, ...
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Managing laptops and desktops in the organization and pushing windows updates to them

Here are a couple of things we are trying to achieve. Our staff currently uses a bunch of desktops and laptops. Around 30-50 of the staff, most of them are laptops (mix of HP and Lenovo). Most using ...
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Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 using WSUS does not apply patch

server based on Windows Server 2008 R2 Service pack 1 (x64) with installed .NET Framework 4.0 does not apply patch KB2416472 which is approved in WSUS. Looking at the report in WSUS for this server I ...
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Windows Update not working on Windows Server 2008 R2

The Windows Update screen comes up and I click on Download Updates. I then get the bar scrolling across the screen and it says Downloading Updates but the counts never increase (0 KB total, 0% ...
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Windows Updates Fails Server 2008 0x80070490

I have a server with Windows Server 2008 Standard x64 Edition installed. This has been installed and running for several months and I have been able to successfully install previous Windows Updates. ...
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Stopping Java from showing Update notice to all terminalserver users

on our terminal server all users have minimal (i.e. default) permissions. None are local administrators on that machine. Still Java Runtime displays message to every user that an update is available. ...
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WSUS Updates - Best Practice

We have an isolated enviornment of a few hundred servers in which we use WSUS to push updates too. We have thousands of updates which to manage and push to devices testing along the way to ensure the ...
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Why is Windows Update suddenly failing with error 0x80244019?

Since installing updates yesterday, one of our 2008 R2 servers refuses to connect to our WSUS again and, instead, reports the unknown error 0x80244019. Connecting to the official Windows Update ...
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Edit Windows Update GPO Via Command Line

I am trying to find a way to edit the group policy for Windows Updates programmatically. I have a local WSUS server to which I want to point new installs of windows. Ideally, I just want to have a ...
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Error 0x80070005 when installing updates from Microsoft Update

I have two updates in Microsoft Update (the upgraded version of Windows Update) that constantly fail to install on one of my Windows Server 2003 servers. The error code is 0x80070005. I have tried ...
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Windows Update not working on Windows 2012 R2 Standard

I recently inherited the management of a Windows 2012 server at a remote site. I checked Windows Update and it has not been updating since March. When I tell Windows to check for updates, it acts ...
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Is there the full list of return codes for “wusa.exe”?

Is there the full list of return codes for "wusa.exe"? I guess that Windows System Error Codes are applicable here. http://www.hiteksoftware.com/knowledge/articles/049.htm But sometimes I need to ...