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My Windows has several software and they pop up at different time asking for updates and that's really annoying, because many demand restarting. I'd like to be able to update all the software just once per a specific time period, like one month.

Is it possible?

  • Details are needed to be able to answer your question. What software are you referring to? Windows updates or 3rd party software, like java or adobe, etc? – CharlieRB Dec 9 '15 at 21:20
  • I meant all type of software that may run on Windows. But is there any meta software manager that manage how each program updates? Or that is impossible to achieve? I think Ubuntu has something similar. – João Pimentel Ferreira Dec 10 '15 at 17:08
  • I meant something like in Ubuntu – João Pimentel Ferreira Dec 17 '15 at 17:03
  • If you're looking for a specific piece of software this might be better served on Software Recommendations I'll try and make a Super User answer though. – timuzhti Dec 18 '15 at 3:22
  • The issue here is some 3rd party software may have a security vulnerability that should be fixed sooner rather than later and if your scheduled task is later, you may be vulnerable to that hole, so while it'd be nice in a perfect world to patch all at once, that's not really a security best practice if you want your machine(s) to be secure. I'd suggest setting them all to notify you once a security patch, etc. is available so you can get that software bug patched right away and just deal with the reboots as-needed as that's part of keeping your system secure and using different software. – Pimp Juice IT Dec 18 '15 at 23:06
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You need a Package Manager like Chocolatey to install and upgrade all your software packages. Since it uses PowerShell commands, you can set a Scheduled Task in Windows to run monthly the upgrade command choco upgrade all -y.

Note that chocolatey only updates packages you installed via chocolatey itself, not the packages and softwares you installed yourself manually.

  • Is Chocolatey applicable for every piece of SW that runs on Windows? – João Pimentel Ferreira Dec 19 '15 at 16:46
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    There is no package manager on Windows that is applicable for every piece of software available for Windows, but Chocolatey has support for most popular softwares out there. You can check support for packages you're interested in here - chocolatey.org/packages – Chirag Bhatia - chirag64 Dec 19 '15 at 16:59
  • And can I add packages myself to other SW, or it just works with the default packages? Still 2955 packages is already very good! – João Pimentel Ferreira Dec 19 '15 at 20:42
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    Yes, you can add packages to other softwares. Do read the guidelines before submitting - github.com/chocolatey/chocolatey/wiki/CreatePackages – Chirag Bhatia - chirag64 Dec 20 '15 at 9:16
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    The option chocho update became deprecated according to documentation. To update all packages without warnings, one shall type: choco upgrade all -fy – João Pimentel Ferreira Jan 7 '16 at 17:34
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What you're looking for can be accomplished by a software manager. While there aren't yet any official managers for windows, there are plenty of third party options like Ninte. Their library is fairly small though, and generally only popular software is included. The only 3rd-party windows software managers that work with most software I know of are offered by chinese companies such as Qihoo 360 or Tencent, though I'm not entirely sure that even they still offer the software update and management portions of their product. You'll have to shop around a bit if you want to find one you like.

EDIT: I can now confirm that the software manager is still present on the products mentioned as of 2016-01-07, but only on the Chinese version.

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There isn't a single application that I know of which can manage to keep all software on a Windows machine updated. However, FileHippo App Manager in conjunction with SUMo seem to take care of most of the updates.

Both programs require user intervention for installing updates although FileHippo App Manager can at least download the software updates automatically. SUMo seems to be only good at telling you what's outdated rather than fetching the update for you. My antivirus program also seems to think it's adware.

There's also Avast Software Updater but it only checks for and installs updates for certain software programs that may compromise system security if left outdated (e.g. web browsers, Java Runtime, Adobe Flash Player, etc.). However, it has the advantage of performing automatic updates without user intervention.

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For the Windows OS Updates, you can configure or customize the update behavior and schedule by clicking Start, then search for Windows Update, and select/open Windows Update. Click Change Settings in the left pane. You may configure whether updates are installed automatically (or just downloaded), and you may also customize the schedule. For details, see here: Change how Windows installs or notifies you about updates

If you have other applications that automatically update, you'll have to explore customization options for each application (or contact the respective vendors).

  • That's for Windows itself, not for other applications. It's really annoying having a popup or some warning for updating some SW every time I run it, since nowadays updates come really at a fast pace and many demand restarting. – João Pimentel Ferreira Dec 10 '15 at 17:10
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I wish there was a simple, elegant solution for this. Some of the best options I've found:

1) Ninite Pro with Scheduled Windows Updates (can be expensive);

2) System Center Configuration Manager (for Windows updates) combined with System Center Updates Publisher (for non-Windows updates), which can also be pretty expensive. Unfortunately, the massive variety of software publishers means there isn't a single, easy-to-use management tool for updating everything in one click.

  • What is System Center Updates Publisher? Is any Microsoft SW? Is it very expensive? – João Pimentel Ferreira Dec 22 '15 at 16:00
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    SCCM is designed to centralize Windows/Microsoft updates (usually for many computers, such as in a large network/domain environment). SCUP is the "little brother" designed to manage 3rd party update packages similarly to SCCM/Windows updates. Looking for exact pricing now; will get back to you on that. An open-source alternative is "Puppet", but it is more command-line focused. scriptrock.com/articles/sccm-puppet – Scott Marlin Dec 22 '15 at 16:34
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    Looks like pricing is not inexpensive, especially if you're looking at managing a small number of computers. Pricing ranges from $1300 to $3000, depending on the server you install it on (which has it's own licensing prices, etc). Its really designed more for larger network environments. microsoft.com/en-us/server-cloud/products/system-center-2012-r2/… – Scott Marlin Dec 22 '15 at 16:42
  • In any case thank you so much for the replies but I was looking for something on the range of home single-machine applications. As I said I am a computer user not an administrator, and I'd like to use the computer as such. – João Pimentel Ferreira Dec 22 '15 at 20:54
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    Unfortunately, there isn't enough demand for a company to spend the hundreds/thousands of hours it would require to design something simple, yet powerful enough for this with small networks/individuals in mind. At this point, your best bet is to automate as much as you can by scheduling each individual program to automatically update regularly, and schedule Windows Update to do the same. Ideally, you could set them all to update on the same day, but you may run into problems if you try to get them all to update at the exact same time (Windows can only handle so many updates/installs at once..) – Scott Marlin Dec 23 '15 at 15:51
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