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Automatic driver search & update on Windows? [closed]

I have a Dell laptop issued by my employer, and I always find it a real pain to search for, download and maintain their drivers. It baffles me that there does not seem to be a nice way (product, ...
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Prevent Windows 7 from installing a “critical” updates that crashes the system

I am running Windows 7 home premium. Up until yesterday, everything was going just beautifully, until I received a "critical update". As soon as the critical update was installed, the system became ...
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Consequences of turning off computer during Windows Vista update (“Do not turn off your computer”)?

My system has been stuck at "Configuring updates" for about an hour with the percentage stuck at 25%. If I do a hard reboot, what are the likely and worst-case consequences?
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Best drivers backup (and maybe update) software [closed]

What are best drivers backup (and maybe update) software? Some of this software do not seem to be good enough to trust...
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What is firmware and what happens when I update it?

I've seen the phrase "firmware update" a few places before. Why and how do I update it? What changes are made to my computer? EDIT: I originally wrote "what it firmware?" but I'll save someone the ...
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Move Kaspersky Virus Definitions Update to Another Computer

Is it possible to move Kaspersky virus definition to another computer? I have two computers, both PCs, which Kaspersky is installed on. My Internet connection is slow and my Bandwidth is limited. I ...
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Is there anyway to stop Windows 8 from restarting for an update?

My Windows 8 machine is going to restart shortly... I have tried a few techniques such as shutdown /a which is not having much luck. Short of pausing the Windows Update service, is there anyway to ...
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Flash Player Automatic Updater on Windows Startup

Adobe Flash Player is set to automatically check for updates on Windows startup. I've always wondered where exactly it is set to do this. Checking the running services, as well as msconfig does not ...
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AppFresh-like software for Windows? [closed]

AppFresh is a useful program for Mac OS X. It scans for applications on your computer and does an online check if there are available updates. Is there similar software for Windows?
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How can I stop Windows 7 rebooting to install updates

I have the RC of Windows 7 and I have a lot of really important stuff pen on my pc, it says it installed new updates and it needs to reboot, it lets me post-pone the reboot by 10 min - up to 4 hours ...
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should you install specific drivers from your motherboard / video card manufacturer, or let Windows do the job? [duplicate]

I have a computer which is working fine after a windows re-install. However, I did not install any drivers at all, they seem to have been installed via Windows Update. Back then, I remember I had to ...
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Is there an application or some other method that would update Chromium in Windows?

I like to use Chromium beside Google Chrome in both Linux and Windows. In Windows it acts like a portable program, unlike in Linux, where it can be updated automatically if desired. I would like to ...
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How to trigger a check for updates in Firefox programatically or from a command line?

Is there a command line switch for firefox.exe or an "about:" URL that will either force an update check or at least display the Help/About dialog, which checks for updates and tells if you're running ...
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How to automatically install updates in linux mint 17.1

I have linux mint 17.1 xfce, and I am wondering how to automatically install updates. Every time a new update is available I have to click on the mintUpdate icon on the panel and enter my password and ...
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I can't update my BIOS because the current version is an empty string

I am using an Intel D945GCCR motherboard. I want to update the BIOS but the current installed BIOS has an empty string for the BIOS version which causes an error and prevents me updating. The error ...
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Offline updates for freshly installed Ubuntu 10.04

I've just made a fresh installation of Ubuntu 10.04 on my Dell Inspiron 1420. Without updates, I'm not able to play media files. Is there any procedure to install updates via offline as I don't have a ...
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Why don't applications update by calculating difference?

I have Ubuntu computers and an Android phone, and it's always perplexed me why the default update manager on Ubuntu and Google Play on the phone don't update existing versions of applications by ...
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Can't download updates for reinstalled Office 2000 on WinXP OS “expected version not found” error message

I replaced HD and reinstalled WinXP Pro and successfully downloaded all of the service packs and security updates. I've reinstalled my licensed version of Office 2000 (upgrade version from Office 97). ...
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Need to upgrade Windows XP to Windows 7 without losing data

I have a desktop with Windows XP on it that I urgently need to get it updated to Windows 7. I have heard from a friend that you need to do a clean install. Or is there a upgrade option, losing any ...
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How to install new packages on Cygwin?

I installed the latest version of Cygwin with a number of packages. I soon realised that I need more packages (such as wget, etc) and I couldn't find a way to install the new packages without running ...
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svchost.exe Hogging CPU on Fresh XP Install

I got an ISO of Windows XP Professional with SP3 integrated from dreamspark. I burned it onto a DVD, and installed onto an old computer of mine. The first thing I did after installation was install ...
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How To Cancel Pending Windows 7 Updates

How To Cancel Pending Windows 7 Updates? The key is pending. The shutdown button has the windows update symbol meaning that there are updates that were selected to be installed which were download ...
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Shutdown and apply updates with OS X

Is it possible to shutdown + update the Mac ? It's annoying to wait for it to restart when I just want to click update and go home. I've seen this once on a MacBook and I can't find how to do it.
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Is it possible to pause the Windows Update download?

I'm on a slow dial-up connection, and my Windows 8 is downloading some critical updates. The connection keeps disconnecting, so I was thinking if it was possible to pause the updates download?
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Disable auto-update of Google Chrome

Google Chrome auto-updates itself and its extensions. I don't want Chrome to automatically update itself every time it is run; I only want it to update when it asks for confirmation, like Firefox does....
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Can I convert an existing Firefox installation to ESR without a re-install?

It took some jumping through hoops (including a mailing list subscription that I apparently didn't need) but I finally found where to download the Firefox ESR. This is great for fresh installs, but I ...
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Windows 8 stuck installing update

I just restarted my laptop to finish installing a Windows update and now it is stuck on please wait. I have tried a system restore but there is only one restore point in the list and it does not ...
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Getting up to speed on modern PC construction

The last time I built a PC the tricky parts were knowing the difference between ISA, VLB, and PCI cards; juggling IRQs; and getting IDE master/slave right. Now I'm helping my stepson build a gaming PC ...
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Installing firmware with samsung magician dc

I am trying to get Samsung magican DC to work on my linux (linux mint 17 xfce) computer. I downloaded samsung magician dc from here. Then I downloaded the firmware update files from this page (under "...
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How to keep all your 3rd party Softwares always updated [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: Keeping up to date with updates? Package managers for Windows Is there any Windows software that checks for 3rd party installed software updates and automatically ...
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How to know when a webpage is updated?

I'm looking for some way to know when a webpage is updated. This site it's really not very "web 2.0", doesn't have ajax, it seems like plain HTML. I need a way to get an instant notification when the ...
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Free, automated OS-independent update management solutions [closed]

I know it is possible (with OCS Inventory or WSUS for instance) to manage client systems' and applications' updates. However, with OCS Inventory you have to use packages to execute scripts on client ...
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What happen when we shutdown system during OS update process [duplicate]

I had an interesting question asked for which I didn’t have any clue. I have Googled around this about haven’t found any result of which help me answer this question. So here are the questions: The ...
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Microsoft update (MSU) does not find updates for other Microsoft products (e.g. Office) after MSU update

This post relates to an earlier thread of mine to fix a problem with Microsoft Update (MSU) during which I had to re-install MSU under Windows 7, 64bit, SP1. I installed this Microsoft update to fix ...
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Unable to upgrade to Windows 8.1/10

After installing recent Windows Updates the Windows Upgrade assistant fails to detect my Windows 8.1 version (previously it was able to get past this point). This error appears in Windows 8.1 and ...
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deploying Java with SCCM / SCUP

We have a network of about 250 PC's which I want to deploy the java updates to. As distribution software we are using SCCM 2012 / SCUP 2011. Note: I need to deploy both the x86 and the x64 version. ...
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How long will Microsoft support Windows XP Professional?

I am using Windows XP Professional for some specific software programs. Now I read in the latest German CT-Magazin that Microsoft will fix big security problems until 2014. At microsoft.com is spoken ...
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Pacman doesn't download anything - Always 404

I want to install some software on my Raspberry Pi running Arch Linux, but I keep getting error 404. I did some research and found that I needed to do pacman -Syy and pacman -Syu... When I run ...
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In which order should I install drivers, programs and updates after a fresh Windows install?

It's something I always have never been quite sure about... I usually go with drivers first, updates and then programs, but maybe it doesn't even matter at all...
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ubuntu update went wrong, pc doesnt boot, how can I repair it?

I let the PC install lots of updates at once and after restart, I got a console screen with an error message saying something about udevadm. Google told me it's a known bug caused by the system ...
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Update Windows 10 Enterprise PC to 1511 per DVD

For any reason one of my Windows 10 Enterprise PC don't offer the update 1511. I suppose that the update failed. I can download the new ISO Image from my MSDN account. Is this the correct way to ...
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I'm receiving Windows Update error 8024402f after changing update to include MS office

Brand new Dell desktop with Windows 7 Ultimate. Windows Update works fine until I add MS office 2007 and then change Windows update to "Get updates for other Microsoft products. Then the error ...
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Windows 7 checking for Windows Updates cause memory use to blow up

It started doing this a couple weeks ago, had NEVER done this before. Windows 7 Home Premium. Basically, when Windows checks for updates now, the memory used by the svchost process that holds ...
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Windows XP updates on a fresh install

I am imaging a large number of pc's using dell image direct and the new pc images do not include updates for windows xp sp3. So I am having to download all of the updates for each machine, this takes ...
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FastGate A20 Line And Himem.sys Issue With Updating BIOS

I have been persistent with a thought to perform my first BIOS update ever through MS-DOS but have been postponing this task until today. Despite people telling me any bootable ISO will do it either ...
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OS X: why Software Update suggests to update removed application?

I have a small OS X 10.5 installation for testing purposes (otherwise use 10.6). After I switched to 10.5 today, Software Update told me that there is a new update available for iTunes. But I have ...
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how to update svn package on RHEL 5.3?

I have 1.4.2 version of svn on my RHEL 5.3 box. I tried updating and I get the following message. What should I do ? [foo@bar adminui]# svn --version svn, version 1.4.2 (r22196) compiled Sep 1 ...
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MS Security Essentials does not update automatically

I've installed Microsoft Security Essentials and my Windows XP Professional SP3 and it does not seem to install update signatures multiple times a day as I'm used to from other virus scanning tools. ...
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Why are Updates Disabled by Administrator?

As per above heading, the question is why. The PC is running fine, no issues and up to date on the current version of Chrome (40.0.2214.111 dev-m). Using run: gpedit.msc 'Windows cannot find file'. ...
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Attempting to Install MSU hotfixes results in “Searching for updates on this computer…” to last forever

I am attempting to install two hotfixes manually from Microsoft - one addresses the svchost.exe extreme memory usage problem, and the other addresses the slow Windows Update problem. This system is a ...