by HelpTech007 - 4/14/12 7:21 PM
If anyone can help me, I would like to know if it is possible to run windows update through the command line?
by: HelpTech007 April 14, 2012 7:21 PM PDT
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Clarification request: Re Windows Update
Are you having problems with the usual way?
Microsoft does offer a free fix-it for Windows Update problems: http://support.microsoft.com/mats/windows_update/
Actually I was having problem recently since I did all the updates thought windows updates, till there was no more updates left to install at my workplace computer and surprisingly another coworker told me, there were about 75 updates left to install on that particular computer. I don't know how this happened since windows updates said, there were no more. Them I was thinking if there could be an straight way to do it all at once by using the commamd prompt without missing any of them.
Thanks for your help
If you run two versions of the same program, why would you expect the results to be different? Especially when they would both be pulling their information from the same central location?
I expect the results to be different since things done using the command prompt go straight and faster than using the graphical interface even though like you said the information is being pulled from the same source.
Why not ask that coworker to show you he's right about that 75 pending updates? Then you know how he does it. If he can (which I doubt).
The commandline interface to Windows update is described (more or less) in http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc720477%28v=ws.10%29.aspx
That would be a very incorrect assumption. Odds are, if there is any kind of command line tool for Windows Update, then the graphical version is just a front end around that program. Why would Microsoft go to all the trouble of creating two separate versions when they can just create a program that runs the command line tool, traps the output and formats it in a more aesthetically pleasing way? Why duplicate that effort, especially if the command line version were somehow always superior? That's a completely false assumption, but even for the sake of argument, it makes no real sense.
Even assuming they did reimplement the program twice, they are still both comparing the current state of the system against the same list of available updates, so I again don't understand why it is you'd expect the results to be any different.
You have two sets of data, one being the updates applied to a specific system, and then the master list of all available updates. No matter how many different programs you have parse that data, you're going to wind up with the same results.
Note: This post was edited by a forum moderator to remove some unnecessary text on 04/15/2012 at 8:52 PM PT
Thanks everyone for your help and comments!
But as far I can see, there's no solution to my questions.
more thing you might want to know.
You need to know if you have all available updates for Windows.
This program updates once a month shortly after Microsoft issues the monthly updates.
The Belarc update is done manually by the user, and running the program produces a detailed report of your computer, including Microsoft security updates. If it finds an update that is not installed properly, it will tell you that. If you are missing an update or two, it will tell you that, and provide a direct link to the missing update.
It seems you need verification, and this program will provide that for you.
Thanks for the information about Belac Advisor, I been using it for years but is for personal use only.
That's a good personal solution.
If this is for a business you pay up and you're done!
command line tool for windows updates
I have the automatic update disabled and only use wuinstall for windows updates. you can look for updates and install them with commands like wuinstall /search, wuinstall /download and wuinstall /install
there are also commands for managing restarts etc.
maybe take a look at their website: www.wuinstall.com
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