Integral service in every modern Windows OS that updates the software and OS, including installed components and drivers.

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How can I install updates and shut down from the command line?

I know that there is a simple way to shutdown the computer in command prompt, but is it possible to do system updates and then shutdown the computer in command prompt? For example, when Vista needs ...
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GPO settings to allow domain computer to use Windows Update from Internet

I have a demo domain that I built and joined a Win 7 machine to. I would like the Win 7 machine to use windows update straight from Microsoft, not from the domain. However at the moment I am unable to ...
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Windows 7 Virtual machine maintaining with System Updates and MSE updates

I have multiple VMs (1 for Internet Explorer 6, Internet Explorer 7 and so on -- I know I could use other tools like IETester but that's apart from this question). It is nice to have those VMs, since ...
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Which of the Windows updates are really necessary?

I downloaded a lot of Windows updates in the automatic mode. Are they all necessary? Can I remove some of them? How do I know which ones are necessary
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force windows update download in background

My Windows 7 box is set to download all updates but no automatic install. Updates are installed with frequent shutdowns. All safe and nice. However, some updates (usually big ones, like service packs) ...
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Download only for optional updates in Windows 7

I have Windows Update set to download only, to avoid unexpected restarts forced by automatic installs. However, I would also like to be able to download some optional updates and install at a later ...
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Is it possible to set Windows 7 to download updates now, but install them on the next shutdown?

Since I really don't like being reminded of an update that requires a reboot1, is it possible to have manual updates install when shutting down the next time? Automatic updating does this, but it's ...
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Stop Windows update windows from hiding

I like to keep an eye on the updates coming in from Windows Update, so I have it set to notify me of updates but not install anything automatically. When I'm notified, I usually just select all of the ...
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How do we apply the latest Windows Update?

I've just reformatted my computer and I was running Windows Update, but after installing the updates and restarting, I have more updates again, and even after those updates, I have more updates yet ...
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WinXP cannot access FAT/FAT32 Drives

One of my systems, running WinXP SP3, can no longer access FAT and FAT32 formatted drives. When I insert a USB flash drive, it is recognized and assigned a drive letter, but when I try to access it I ...
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Programs keep freezing for few seconds

So I installed a huge chunk of Windows Updates a month ago. After that my active programs ,such as Firefox or MSN, have been freezing (Not responding) for few seconds and then coming back to life. ...
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How can I find out the version of a driver in the Windows Update dialog?

I find it annoying that in the Windows Update dialog, when there is a driver listed as available, you can't get more details other than a generic name for the driver. In the right-hand panel, there is ...
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What to do when Windows 7 appears to hang during the installation of updates?

The following message has been displayed on the screen for the last almost hour or so: I'm guessing something went wrong and it's stuck in some sort of infinite loop or it's waiting for some event ...
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How can I delete a folder which was temporarily created for a Windows update? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can't delete folder in Windows 7 Recently I updated Windows 7 and it seems to have left a folder on my download partition under the name of ...
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All my browsers suddenly don't support Javascript files anymore?

I'm experiencing the same issue as this question, which seems to be unresolved. I'll provide more detail, sot that this qualifies as a better representation of the issue. It all started after moving ...
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Why do I need to keep “$hf_mig$”?

After having read the Microsoft's explanation and also some others, I still don't get it: When a security update, critical update, update, update rollup, driver, or feature pack installs GDR ...
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Windows update for Windows 98 and ME in a VM

I am running Win98, ME, W2K in Virtualbox VM's, windows update does not work for IE5 on any of them (page loop), I have managed to update them to IE6 and it continues to go into some sort of page ...
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Why don't Windows Updates install all at once?

Why do the Windows Updates sometimes require restarts in between installing updates? Couldn't Windows queue them all for install when your computer is restarting? What I'm saying is, why do we have to ...
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Keeping computers on a network up to date

I have 4 Windows-7 machines at home , and one of them is downloading update all the time invariably , Microsoft is happy with this setup for which they no doubt have a solid reason. But I don't ...
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Prevent Windows XP from automatically restarting after updates have been installed

I need to prevent a Windows XP server from automatically restarting after installing Windows updates through Group Policy. In Group Policy, I only see No auto-restart with logged on users for ...
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WSUS Windows Update keeps recommending same updates on Windows 7

A Windows 7 Ultimate PC is connected to a WSUS intranet server, like a lot of other PCs here which are functioning fine. The same 3 updates keep presenting themselves as avaiable for installation, ...
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Windows anytime upgrade (WAU) reuse?

Can I reuse WAU e.g. if my machine is broken and I need to restore it from original installation disks or have bought a new computer and want its windows upgraded also. In particular I'm intrested in ...
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Pictures don't show in IE6 after Windows XP updates

It was time to update the computer I'm using, and I ran all of the updates except for the upgrade from IE6 to IE8. I'm using a work computer, so I'm simply not allowed to upgrade from IE6 to anything ...
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Windows 7 slow web browsing while downloading at top speed, what could it be?

I have the phenomenom, that whatever browser I take browsing is extremly slow. Downloading stuff however is fast with up to 1,2 MB/s. System is Windows 7 64-bit, Core i7, 16 GB RAM. When I start XP ...
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Cannot Install Windows 7 SP1 (64-bit)

I have tried every way I know how to get Windows 7 SP1 to install. It fails every time. Below is what looks like the relevant contents of the CBS.Log file. If there are further details that would help ...
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Control Panel - Devices and Printers - Device installation (Windows Update) settings: What are the differences between the settings?

Windows 7's Windows Update device driver update settings can be configured in Control Panel - Devices and Printers - Device installation settings: (click image to view full, larger image) What ...
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Tried everything to get Windows Installer working. Any options beyond?

I am trying to fix a client's computer and the Windows installer is shot. I've tried EVERYTHING I can find on the internet. Nothing's worked yet. I have tried: System Restore — Failed, and ...
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Windows 7 Update Failure 800B0100

After updating to Windows 7 SP1 I updated with every new update that came out, but there were problems with the last two: UPDATE: In the updates history I have found a lot of updates failed: ...
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Better update management on Windows 7?

Windows 7 Ultimate. Is there any way to automatically install just Windows Updates that are of a specific type? My HTPC is really starting to annoy me with the amount of time I have to spend ...
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How Internet Explorer core reacts to uninstallation?

Let's say I update my IE8 to IE9 through Windows Update. Then, I remove IE9 from my computer using the "Turn Windows feature on or off" panel. The IE application will be gone, but will my IE core ...
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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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Windows Firewall is blocking Windows Update

I recently uninstalled ZoneAlarm and have decided to use Windows Firewall as my firewall as ZoneAlarm was causing me grief when I was syncing my iphone. Anyway, I've noticed just then that Windows ...
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Windows 7 + Deep Freeze - I'm stuck in an endless reboot loop

I have the following setup: Windows 7 Ultimate Deep Freeze I "thawed" my machine last night and performed a Windows Update. The update is having issues (it gets stuck at 32%, fails, and restarts ...
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Make Windows Update update my program(s)?

I cannot find anything on Google so I must ask here... Is there any way, glitchy or clean, that I can "register" my program to Windows Update? The objective is to deliver updates to my program with ...
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Do Windows Updates include Security Patches?

Do Windows updates include security updates as well? I.e. if I manually download Windows updates does this mean that my Windows will be up-to-date in security vulnerabilities as well, or there is a ...
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HP Laserjet 1300n standalone drivers for Win7 64bit, copy from windows update

I've just got a new laptop with Windows 7 64bit. I share my printers out from a CUPS server and under Windows XP it was easy to connect to my shared printers. I would just navigate to \\server and all ...
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Windows update doesn't progress beyond 0 KB 0%

I have Windows 7 64-bit and the Windows Update isn't working properly. What can I do?
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Windows update and SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 1

My o/s (vista ultimate 64) has been offering this up since it was published on 6/14. Three times I downloaded and installed it, along with the attendant restart! Info from the SQL Server Mgt Studio ...
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What's wrong with my computer?

I use Windows-7 64 bit. Since the beginning of using my computer I have 3 problems: I can't use Google Chrome. It just doesn't load my websites. And at first it caused blue screen. I can't update my ...
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Windows restarting certain applications after a Windows Update

So I've come across this strange function in Windows where after a Windows Update and the reboot it tries to restore your session prior to restarting. This though only works with Microsoft's own ...
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Black screen without cursor after loading bar and before the logo in Vista

Okay. Today Windows installed an update automatically. Please note that I have them turned off, and my friends also say that it still does install updates even if they are turned off, so I am more ...
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Windows: is there anyway I can search through the updates I've just had have?

After I've had installed Windows update, is there anyway I can search through these updates? Example, I would like to filter "security" updates in this list:
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Why are my Windows 7 updates continuously failing?

I'm an advanced level user here with an odd issue. I have two Windows Updates that are failing to install, every single time. I'm getting a mysterious "Code 1" error on both updates, an error for ...
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During Vista Repair - No operating system is listed

After a Windows update, my brother's Gateway computer loads to the "Step 3 of 3: 0%" and reboots. Safe Mode does not work. I placed a Vista DVD in the drive, and re-booted. (Note, this is my Vista ...
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Is .NET upgraded as part of Windows Update?

Wikipedia provides short and long lists of the default versions of the .NET framework on various versions of Windows. Are any of these upgraded automatically through Windows Update? EDIT: I ...
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Need assistance fully restoring a Windows 7 system after 99.9% virus cleanup

Another Windows question. I have another friend's Win 7 Enterprise system that was infected with about half a million viruses (give or take). I actually managed to remove all but "Alureon" -- it ...
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Configure Windows Update more in-depth

On my Windows 7 system I have my Windows Update settings set to "Check for updates but let me choose whether to download and install them." I want this configuration but wish to make an exception for ...
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Will IE9 install automatically?

Now I've installed Vista SP2, will IE9 come in the normal update channel in the next day or so, or do I have to download it myself?
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Computer temporarily unresponsive at start-up after June Windows Update

I've noticed that since I installed the monthly Windows XP Updates on Tue 14 June 2011, my PC is temporarily unresponsive on start-up, say for a minute or two. Afterwards, the problem goes away ...
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SP1 for Windows Vista won't install because it requires SP1

I have a laptop with Windows Vista 32-bit installed (no viruses or spyware; the Sony Root Kit spyware was recently removed by MalwareBytes). It doesn't currently have Service Pack 1 installed; ...