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Automatic driver search & update on Windows?

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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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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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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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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Repeating important updates for Microsoft Office 2007

Today I've started important updates for Windows Vista on laptop. Those updates include updates for other programs from Microsoft Update including Microsoft Office 2007 suit. All important updates ...
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installing the latest R version (2.13.0) on Ubuntu 11.04

I just upgraded my Ubuntu desktop 10.10 to 11.04. I everything works fine except when trying to update the current R 2.12.1 to R 2.13.0. I followed the readme: ...
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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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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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What is InstallIQ updater for, why is it on my Windows XP machine and do I really need it?

What is InstallIQ updater for, why is it on my Windows XP machine and do I really need it? I searched Google, but I have been unable to find out any usable information.
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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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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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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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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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Windows Update website redirecting newly built Windows XP SP3 computers to KB article page (KB2497281)

We built and captured a sysprepped image of a computer that we had installed Windows XP on using the Windows XP SP3 media and have been using it for months without issue. Suddenly, some time this ...
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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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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 ...
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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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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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Disable auto-update in Notepad++

Is it possible to configure Notepad++ to stop checking for new versions each time it is run? Every time Nodepad++ is started a dialog pops with: An update package is available, do you want to ...
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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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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 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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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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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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Why are some important Windows Updates not checked automatically?

I often find that there are updates for Windows. Most - but not all - of them are automatically checked, even though they are all declared as important. Why are some of the important updates not ...
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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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Windows Updates settings issue?

it's my first post here, don't wanna make it long, but I got a problem with my 'Windows Update' it won't show its setting's options. It only shows these settings: Important Updates, Recommended ...
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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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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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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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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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Find out everything install changes in my computer [closed]

I am going to install few programs on my Windows7, but I wanna know what do those installs change in my computer. For example what registry entries does it create etc. Or what changes does it make in ...
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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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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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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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The Necessity Of Rebooting A PC After Downloading & Installing Windows Updates & If Not: How To Prevent It? [duplicate]

Quite often after downloading & installing Windows Updates on my PC, a dialogue box pops up similar to the one shown below, asking to restart the computer to complete the process. : This is ...
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BSOD after Windows 8 Update on Macbook Air

Whenever I try to update Windows 8 running dual-boot on my 2012 Macbook Air 13", I get a perpetual blue screen of death after restarting that can only be solved with a System Restore. According to ...