Windows Update - messing around
Every now and then I need to update an Windows XP system. In contrast to a Debian based system where you may use apt-get you just have to sit and wait for the Windows Update service to work on it's own and "suddenly" popup a yellow notification in the system tray when it feels it is ready. As I got tired of this behaviour I found this useful page to shed some light on the situation: http://www.moundalexis.com/tm/2010/01/07/windows-update-wuauclt-command-line-switches/ That refers to non-XP Windows, but I found some of it to work on XP also. It appears that Windows Update has a log located here: %systemroot%\WindowsUpdate.log (e.g. C:\Windows\WindowsUpdate.log) Check if there are (already downloaded?) patches to apply wuauclt /scannow You may trigger an update check by running: wuauclt /detectnow Nothing is outputted when running it in the console, but maybe something is happening in the log. Other useful stuff are: wuauclt /r /ReportNow Which will "force the client to send updated status to the WSUS server. It may take a minute or two for the server to reconcile and display the updated status." The update service can also be restarted: net stop wuauserv net start wuauserv
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