Posts Tagged ‘Windows Update’

Microsoft Updates on Windows 8.x

Saturday, June 27th, 2015

I sold my iPad and my laptop, using the proceeds to help me get a Surface Pro 3. I bought a subscription for our household to Office 365, because of my familiarity with the Microsoft Office suite of products.

After the most recent suite of updates, I noticed that I have never gotten updates for anything other than the OS. What I discovered (remembered) is this: If you don’t explicitly turn on the updates for “other” Microsoft products, you won’t get them. The setting to change this is at Control Panel / System and Security / Windows Update /Change Settings.  (Click on image to view)


Remote Windows Update 3.1

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

Looking for a script to run Windows Update remotely?   WindowsUpdate.hta version 3.1 is an HTML application which allows you to connect to a remote machine, determine what patches it requires from Windows Update, and install the patches.  You can schedule a reboot time. This version allows you to look at he Windows Update log, and the log created by the program itself.  There is a button to allow you to change the update source to, which is helpful in places where WSUS or SUP is not working properly.  You can install all security patches, or select patches individually.

HTA files are best run from your local drive. Version 3.0 was released in 2011, version 3.1 only changes the background color to blue.  The transition color method I had used for the background is no longer supported in IE, and the program appeared to be broken.

Change _hta.txt extension to .HTA.
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