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Automatic Updates

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  • Started 6 years ago by zouleous
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zouleous
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Does anyone happen to know the executeable that windows runs when it is scheduled to do an automatic update? I'd like to be able to force an update check via automatic update. Obviously I could schedule it to do an automatic update at the end of the hour and just wait. But is there a way to just run a file or command to do it? Thanks

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michael
michael
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Open Security Center, and change settings for Windows Updates.

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zouleous
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Huh? Maybe I wasn't clear. I'm not trying to change any settings. I'm trying to find out how to force an automatic update at any given time. Not sure how else to explain it.

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michael
michael
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Oh right. You would have to go to http://windowsupdate.com to download the updates manually. Is that any help?

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taybay
taybay
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If you go to Control Panel/Windows Update there is a button in the left sidebar to check for updates immediately.

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zouleous
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no...let's pretend windowsupdate.com didn't exist. There has to be an executeable somewhere in the \windows directory that is run by the scheduler within automatic updates.

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zouleous
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Taybay, that link just launches your browser to windowsupdate.com. It does not use the automatic update engine.

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michael
michael
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Oh right. Try using Task Scheduler? And then disabling Windows Update at checking / downloading automagically?

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taybay
taybay
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Eh I just realized that this isn't in the Vista section. In vista it checks without a browser. I've looked around for a run command.. you may be out of luck. I'll let you know if I find something.

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taybay
taybay
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Alright I may have found something. Try C:\Windows\System32\wuauclt.exe . I'm in vista so you may not have it. I tried it and it did nothing but that may be because I'm completely updated.

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zouleous
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Yeah thanks Taybay. I ran it on XP and it also does nothing. I'm not sure what that means. I'm pretty sure that's the automatic update program itself. I was able to find some information on it at this KB:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/903262/en-us

I wish I knew what all the command line switches were for the program. I tried typing wuauclt.exe /? and got nothing.

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michael
michael
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I did that, and nothing happened. I have no updates at all though.

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zouleous
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When you run the program it may be checking for updates. I'm not sure and it's hard to tell since automatic updater runs in the background and shows no GUI unless it finds an update. The thing is I'm pretty sure this particular system does need updates so I'm guessing there is a switch you need to run with wuauclt.exe. I just don't know what the available switches are. Anyone know how to find this out?

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michael
michael
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Yeah. Open CMD, type in "wuauclt /?" and see if that helps you.

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zouleous
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As I stated a few posts ago I have already tried that. It does nothing.

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taybay
taybay
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Try putting "wuauclt.exe /detectnow" into the command line.

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