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How can you manually begin Windows XP's Windows Update without entering to with IE?

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up vote 24 down vote accepted

From command line, force detect with:

wuauclt /detectnow

To troubleshoot machines updating from my WSUS server.

I am not sure if it will apply to normal online updating but it is worth mentioning.

Troubleshoot update issues with this logfile:


If you are using Windows 10, Windows updates are logged with ETW (Event Tracing for Windows):

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+1 That's a good command to know! – Ivo Flipse Aug 8 '09 at 8:52
If my gut feeling is correct, this is like setting Windows Update to automatic and the run hour to now. Is this correct? – voyager Aug 8 '09 at 13:44

There should be an icon in your start menu (all programs) for that.

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thank you for the 'duh' moment, sometimes the simple things should not be underestimated. – Hawken Aug 12 '12 at 19:20

Another way to manually begin the windows update procedure in XP is to restart it from the Control Panel:

  • Control Panel -> System
  • Go to 'Automatic Updates' tab
  • Temporarily turn off updates: check 'Turn off Automatic Updates.' -> Apply
  • Turn them back on: check 'Automatic' tab (or whichever option you normally use) -> Apply

This forces Automatic Updates to restart, and the result can be seen in the logfile


This is also a great way to restart AU downloads if they have been interrupted for some reason.

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