Essential Updates For Windows - Install Them Now

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Each month, Microsoft issues a bunch of security patches for Windows.  Among the bugs fixes last week was one which has apparently been present since Windows 95, which launched some 19 years ago.  It's still present in all current versions of Windows, and can allow anyone to gain remote access to your computer under certain conditions.

If your PC isn't configured to download and install all updates automatically, now is a good time to check that all patches on your system are up to date.  And even if you are certain that the patches have been installed, there's no harm in checking to be sure.  Just head to the Control Panel and look for Windows Update.  

Just to reiterate - this isn't something you should postpone.  Now that details of the vulnerability are out in the open, hackers are actively scanning the internet in the search for unpatched computers.  So do yourself a favour and make sure yours isn't one of them.

 

 

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Windows Updates Downloader...

Having spent about five hours today updating a W7 installation from scratch, I was quite excited about this.

I gave it a test drive though earlier and I see it still requires individual installation of each update, which reverts to the same problem I have with the native Windows updater ... i.e. if I leave it unattended to install all updates, then it almost always hangs so that I end up sitting at my PC and installing small batches of updates then rebooting and installing more.

Is there really any advantage gained from this software? It looks excellent but I'm dubious as to whether it's a real time saver.

I appreciate the value of streaming with nLite but, from a vanilla factory install, I'm struggling to see what difference it would really make :/

@ sicknero,
If you install the downloaded updates manually one by one you can achieve a rate of 2 to 3 per minute which beats W/U hands down BUT, as stated in my post if you use a batch file, you can put all the updates you want to install with the batch file in a folder called "whatever" in C: or the active drive, start the batch file and it will install all and you can then reboot 1 time, keep the batch file, delete the updates or keep both. I've never seen it take more than a couple (or 3) of minutes. [make sure trusted installer and A/U's are enabled/running.
While I know of and have used Nlite you lost me on that one.
Batch file... I don't have the link to where i d/lded it from, I used google, I do have the batch file I use on my se7en x64 OS's and i'm happy to share with anybody.

I've been giving the 360 Total Security software a test drive today, and one of its modules is a Windows updater (something like the one in the old IOBits Toolbox, if you remember it) which seems to work very well indeed.

Furthermore, the module not only downloads Windows updates, but it also has an option to be pointed to a local directory.

I've not tried it out yet, but I will do and post again to report on how it went.

I'd be curious as to how it works. I have batchrun and for some reason never tried to make one for installing these. I copy mine from people who are gracious enough to post them online, after trying to determine if they contain any bad code then I run it in Returnil just to be sure. I just installed 103 updates with a program called Wsus Offline Updates installer. It uses some sysinternals tools to verify the updates it downloads (sig. chk etc...) and the second part of the program will see what updates you need and install accordingly. It makes a package you can put on dvd, flash drive etc... so you can install on any machine without an internet connection. The website is German and English so, when you see something in German, just below it will be the same paragraph in English.
http://wsusoffline.net/
I installed all 103 w/o rebooting till the end.

Hi, thanks for the reply.

Sorry that was a bit garbled, re; nLite. I just meant is there any advantage if one doesn't use that.

Anyway I've downloaded a full set of updates so I'll give it a try this evening perhaps. I can imagine it probably is a lot quicker even if running multiple batches ... the native installer does take forever and is prone to failing as well for me when updating from a fresh W7 installation.

For batch files I use a small portable app called Batchrun (http://www.outertech.com/en/batch-file) which automates the whole procedure. It's excellent, if anybody else is following this conversation and like me doesn't know how to create batch files.

thanx, Michael, it looks very interesting but I would really like to see it tell me which, if any, I have not downloaded and installed.

maybe the developer will read this??!!??

@ pratomorone,
IIRC, the second time you use it, if you have not
changed the file you downloaded the updates to it will tell you or ask you if you want to redownload/replace that update, IIRC. I now just look at the release date of the update (on the list of available updates to d/load hit the plus sign to scope out and look @ each update
available with it's release date) or go by the KB # and check-the-box beside the updates I want to download.. At the bottom of that list under the advanced section you can ctbox to enable the release date to be shown beside each update.

When I tried it today (with W7 fully up to date) it gave me an error message when trying to unstall unnecessary updates.

The error message, although I'm ashamed to say I forget what it said and neglected to make a note of it, was something along the lines of "you don't need this update".

I''m curious as to how the program handles these errors in an unattended intallation.

sicknero,
IIRC, when using the batch file, which is 2 or 3 minutes for all since sp1, it keeps going, doesn't install duplicates and just like it somehow handles the updates that have to have a prior update installed and rebooted to finish the install of the latter, it takes care of it.
there are a couple of different kinds of batch files that will install updates and especially with xp you needed the right one so it would handle the updates and only reboot at the end. (IIRC) It's been a couple of years since i google searched for the correct type of batch file BUT as in my answer earlier to you I have the batch file for se7en x64 and your welcome to it.

Has anybody tried a program called WUD Windows Update Downloader? A Freeware program that lets you download (for instance) all updates for Win7 x64 sp1 released since sp1 in various categories like security (80), non security (80), service packs (1), M/S Security Products (2), Optional Updates (7),
.Net Framework 3.5.1 (18) etc... The big advantage is you download them when YOU want at the full speed of your internet connection and with a batch file you can install them all at once, about 3 or 4 minutes at most, reboot and your done. Even installing manually is an order of magnitude faster than doing it through Windows Updates.
http://www.windowsupdatesdownloader.com/

michael clyde

Seems like a useful program. Thanks :).

Something in the latest set of updates is causing periodic Windows Explorer crashes on my machine since the updates were installed.

Could be something else is incompatible with the alterations, so just a heads up.