Contents tagged with Windows Update

  • WSUS 3.0 SP2 RC Program now available on Microsoft Connect!

    Posted by sumeethevans on May 28 2009, 10:49 PM. Posted in Windows Update.

    I am very pleased to announce that WSUS 3.0 SP2 RC will be available to the general public today, May 26, via the Connect Site.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p>

     All you have to do is sign in to your Connect account or sign up now in order to participate in the RC program.This program is available to all registered and authenticated users of Connect.

    <o:p> </o:p>WSUS 3.0 SP2 RC Overview<o:p></o:p>

    New Windows Server and Client Version Support<o:p></o:p>

    ·       Integration with Windows Server® 2008 R2<o:p></o:p>·       Support for the BranchCache feature on Windows Server 2008 R2<o:p></o:p>·       Support for Windows 7 client<o:p></o:p>

    WSUS Feature Improvements<o:p></o:p>

    Auto-Approval Rules<o:p></o:p>

    ·       Auto-approval rules now include the ability to specify the approval deadline date and time for all computers or specific computer groups.<o:p></o:p>

    Update Files and Languages<o:p></o:p>

    ·       Improved handling of language selection for downstream servers includes a new warning dialog that appears when you decide to download updates only for specified languages.<o:p></o:p>

    Easy Upgrade<o:p></o:p>

    ·       WSUS 3.0 SP2 can be installed as an in-place upgrade from earlier versions of WSUS and will preserve all of your settings and approvals. The user interface is compatible between WSUS 3.0 SP1 and SP2 on the client and the server. <o:p></o:p>

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  • Windows Search 4.0 now through Windows Update

    Posted by bink on July 23 2008, 8:53 PM. Posted in Windows Update.

    Windows Search 4.0 lets you perform an instant search of your computer. Windows Search 4.0 helps you find and preview documents, e-mail messages, music files, photos, and other items on the computer. The search engine in Windows Search 4.0 is a Microsoft Windows service that is also used by programs such as Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 and Microsoft Office OneNote 2007. You can use this search engine to index a program's content and to obtain instant results when you search in a particular program. Windows Search 4.0 includes the following improvements:
    Support for indexing encrypted documents of local file systems
    Reduced affect on Microsoft Exchange when you index e-mail in online mode, and there is no local cache (.ost)
    Support for indexing online delegate mailboxes
    Support for client-to-client remote query to shared indexed locations
    Improved indexing performance
    Faster previewer updates for Windows XP
    Per-user Group Policy settings
    Windows software updates for Watson errors
    Support for the following new enterprise Group Policy objects:

    Computer policies

    Prevent adding Universal Naming Convention (UNC) locations to index from Control Panel
    Prevent customizing indexed locations in Control Panel
    Prevent automatically adding shared folders to the index
    Allow for indexing of encrypted files
    Disable indexer back-off
    Prevent clients from querying the index remotely
    Allow for indexing of online delegate mailboxes
    Prevent adding user-specified locations to the All Locations menu
    Enable throttling for online mail indexing

    Per-user policies

    Prevent adding UNC locations to the index from Control Panel
    Prevent customizing indexed locations in Control Panel
    Prevent indexing certain paths
    Default indexed paths
    Default excluded paths
    Windows Search 4.0 packages include the following:
    The Group Policy template (Search.adm or Search.admx /l) for managing Group Policy objects that span multiple versions of Windows Desktop Search and Windows Search
    The Add-in for Files on Microsoft Networks for Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 packages This add-in is described in the following Microsoft Knowledge Base article:
    918996 ( Availability of the Windows Desktop Search add-in for Files on Microsoft Networks
    This add-in lets Windows Search index redirected "My Documents" folders. This add-in also lets Windows Search index shared items on remote networks. By default, this add-in is included for supported 32-bit operating systems.
    When you install the Windows Search 4.0 packages, you also install the following items:
    XmlLite For more information about XmlLite, click the following article numbers to view the articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
    915865 ( The XmlLite update package is available for 32-bit versions of Windows XP with Service Pack 2
    914783 ( The XmlLite update package is available for Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 and Windows XP Professional x64 Edition
    IFiltersFor more information about IFilters, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
    915800 ( A hotfix is available for Windows Desktop Search document IFilters in Windows XP and Windows Server 2003
  • Reminder - Windows Search 4 coming to WU soon...

    Posted by sumeethevans on July 19 2008, 10:42 AM. Posted in Windows Update.

    Thought I’d drop a line and remind you that we’re planning to release Windows Search 4.0 (KB940157) via Windows Update sometime in late July.  Windows Search 4.0 updates previous versions of Search in Windows Vista SP1, Windows XP SP2 and Windows XP SP3, Windows Server 2003 SP2, Windows Server 2008, and Windows Home Server.  

    Windows XP users will see Windows Search 4.0 available as an Optional update, which means you must visit the Windows Update Web site to install it.  Windows Vista users with SP1 installed will see the update as a Recommended update.  This means that, if a Windows Vista user has set their machine to automatically install updates, Windows Search 4.0 will automatically install on PCs running Windows Vista SP1.  The release of Windows Search 4.0 to Windows Update will be gradual for these users.  If you’re running Windows Vista SP1, and you would like to install it right away, you can go to the Windows Update control panel and install it manually once it is made available.

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  • Windows Update versus Ubuntu Update

    Posted by bink on July 16 2008, 1:49 AM. Posted in Windows Update.

    A few months ago, Steve Ballmer publicly noted that Windows Vista was “a work in progress.” That inspired a predictable outpouring of Vista-bashing. After all, look how many updates Windows Vista has had since it was first released. Obviously, it was a disaster, or there would have been no need for that many updates, right? Why couldn’t Microsoft get it right the first time?

    The reality? All modern operating systems used as mainstream business and consumer platforms are “works in progress” and require frequent updates to fix bugs and resolve security issues (and occasionally to add features). Many of those bugs and security issues don’t surface until the code gets deployed widely, and even then it sometimes takes detective work to figure out where the actual problem is. Presumably, the big issues get worked out within a few months, and the pace of updates drops off (but not to zero).

    I thought about this over the weekend when I opened up a Hyper-V virtual machine running Ubuntu Linux 8.04. This was a plain-vanilla install of Ubuntu, with no additional software except what is included with the downloaded distro. I had last used this VM 51 days earlier, at which point the OS release was about a month old. At that time, it was completely current with patches and updates, and I hadn’t reopened it since. (A side note: My Ubuntu and OpenSUSE 11 installations on this Hyper-V server were exceptionally easy and performance is excellent. I’ll be migrating my Fedora installation from Virtual PC 2007 to Hyper-V and adding an OpenBSD machine on this platform as well.)

    I expected that I would have to install a few updates. But I was surprised to see how many.

    When the system finished resuming from its saved state and landed at the desktop, I clicked the Update button and was greeted with this dialog box:

    Ubuntu Update Manager restart required

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  • Windows XP Service Pack 3 Release to Automatic Updates

    Posted by bink on July 7 2008, 4:41 PM. Posted in Windows XP, Windows Update, WSUS.

    Microsoft is committed to providing quality products to customers.  As part of this commitment, we would like to remind you that Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) will be released to Automatic Updates shortly.  The third service pack to Windows XP includes the previously released updates and hotfixes to Windows XP, creating a new baseline for servicing.  

    Optional Actions

    If you wish to prevent users from installing Windows XP SP3 through Automatic Updates, Microsoft recommends you take one or more of the following steps:

    1. Download and deploy the Windows Service Pack Blocker Kit. The Blocker Toolkit is available in the Microsoft Download Center

    2. Deploy an update management solution that provides full control over the updates you deploy to computers in your network (Compare Update Management Solutions).  IT Administrators using an update management solution should use their product's standard features, rather than the Blocker Toolkit, to control SP1 distribution.

    Additional Information

    Windows XP Service Pack 3

    Update Management Solutions

    Update Management Solutions

  • Upcoming Update to Windows Update

    Posted by bink on July 7 2008, 12:42 AM. Posted in Windows Update.

    Beginning at the end of this month and continuing over the next few months, we'll be rolling out an infrastructure update to the Windows Update agent (client).  I wanted to take this opportunity to provide some background on the update and discuss the value these updates bring to you. 

    How Windows Update Keeps Itself Up-to-Date

    Occasionally, we must update the infrastructure of Windows Update in order to ensure a high level of service quality, reliability, and operation.  As part of this process, we update both the back-end infrastructure that supports the service as well as the client side code (i.e. the Windows Update agent, or client).

    So what are we doing this time? Well, this particular update won't really change the way the client looks or feels to you, but you may notice some improvements in the length of time it takes Windows Update to scan for updates and how quickly you'll receive signature updates.  For example, in this update, we've invested heavily in reducing the amount of time it takes the Windows Update agent to scan to see if new updates are available.  In this case, we've seen some instances of the scan times on some machines decreasing almost 20 percent.

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  • Many Windows Users Get Unwanted Updates

    Posted by sumeethevans on October 28 2007, 4:44 AM. Posted in Windows Update.

    Last month, Windows bloggers and news sites began reporting that they'd noticed Windows Update, the utility that downloads and installs fixes from Microsoft, was surreptitiously updating Windows machines.

    A few weeks later, users alleged that there had been an unannounced change: Windows Update patched itself without informing the user, and according to critics, broke Windows Update in the process.

    Now there's new anger over a new product update being pushed out, even if people don't run Windows Update. The product revision in question is Windows Desktop Search 3.01 (WDS), which Microsoft had been pushing out with Windows Live automatically. Some users charge that it seems as if the new version is being pushed out with any Windows update.

    What's worse, users claim that once WDS is installed, it begins indexing the computer. If a user tries to uninstall the feature, it forces the computer to reboot (no reboot had been required when WDS was initially installed) and then tries to reinstall itself again, when they go to Windows Update.

    WDS is installed not only on desktop computers but servers as well. This is keeping the WDS support board very busy.

    Microsoft declined to comment when contacted by However, the Windows Server Update Service (WSUS) group confirmed in a blog posting that some users were seeing unexpected updates.

    According to the post, WSUS automatically auto-approves updates to existing products by default, and WSUS assumed in this case that WDS was a revision to software already installed on the user's computer.

    "So what happened with this revision and why did it seemingly deploy itself to all systems in [your] environment?" WSUS Project Manager Bobbie Harder wrote in the post. "WSUS by default is set to auto-approve update revisions to minimize administrative overhead and make sure distribution 'just works' ... it may have appeared as if this update was deployed without approval. The initial version of the update would have had to have been approved, and the 'auto-approve revisions' option on (by default) in order for this revision to have also been approved and deployed."

    Despite the Windows Update team's response, Microsoft is still getting an earful, particularly from admins who have to remove WDS from all their office computers.

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  • Microsoft Update Product Team: Response to recent web posts

    Posted by sumeethevans on October 15 2007, 8:47 PM. Posted in Windows Update.

    A quick note regarding automatic update settings getting changed...

    <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p> </o:p>We have been hearing some questions recently regarding Tuesday’s update release changing automatic updating settings.  We have received some logs from customers, and have so far been able to determine that their AU settings were not changed by any changes to the AU client itself and also not changed by any updates installed by AU.<o:p></o:p><o:p> </o:p><o:p></o:p>We are still looking into this to see if another application is making this change during setup with user consent, or if this issue is related to something else.  We are continuing the investigation, and as I have more information I will update this post.<o:p></o:p><o:p> </o:p>

    If you are running into this issue, your help would be greatly appreciated.  You can contact support, and they can walk you through the steps necessary to provide logs and other useful data.


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  • Microsoft's response to Skype's outage

    Posted by bink on August 22 2007, 1:35 AM. Posted in Windows Update.

    We've been getting questions from customers about a posting that Skype made today about a recent service outage they experienced on August 16, 2007.

    Specifically, we have questions from customers looking for clarification about the role Windows Update and this month's release played in that situation, if any.  In a nutshell, there was nothing different or unusual about this month's release. As Skype notes in its blog, the issue was a bug in the Skype software and not related to Tuesday's updates.

    To give some more detail, we were contacted by Skype about this last week and have worked to help them. First, we checked to see if there were any issues introduced by the security updates that could have caused the situation, and we found that there were no issues introduced by the security updates themselves.

    Next, we checked with our Microsoft/Windows Update teams to see if there was anything unusual in this month's update in terms of reboots, size of the updates or speed of distributing the updates through Automatic Update. We confirmed that there is nothing unusual in this month's release that could have contributed to this situation. From a release point of view, this month's release followed our usual format and processes.

    Fortunately, Skype has identified the cause. As Villu Arak notes, "a previously unseen software bug within the network resource allocation algorithm" was the cause, and they have corrected it.

    As folks know, we monitor the situation closely after we release security updates. We are always watching for any issues that could have an impact on deploying the security updates, and overall, our ongoing monitoring of the last week's release shows that the deployment of updates is going smoothly. We encourage customers to continue testing and deploying the updates and to do like Skype did if they think they encounter an issue: contact our support teams right away.

  • Bizarre: Skype blames Windows Update for 48-hour outage

    Posted by bink on August 20 2007, 5:57 PM. Posted in Windows Update.

    Skype is pointing the finger at Windows Update for a critical system crash that wiped out the VoIP service for two days. In a statement posted on the company's support page, the company claims: "The disruption was initiated by a massive restart of our user's computers across the globe within a very short timeframe as they re-booted after receiving a routine software update." This is presumably the Windows updates that were sent out on Patch Tuesday last week, which required the PC to be restarted.

    "The abnormally high number of restarts affected Skype's network resources," the company adds. "This caused a flood of log-in requests, which, combined with the lack of peer-to-peer network resources, prompted a chain reaction that had a critical impact."

    Skype, which hasn't suffered serious problems with Windows Update before, says its normal failsafes proved ineffective. "Normally Skype's peer-to-peer network has an inbuilt ability to self-heal, however, this event revealed a previously unseen software bug within the network resource allocation algorithm which prevented the self-healing function from working quickly. Regrettably, as a result of this disruption, Skype was unavailable to the majority of its users for approximately two days."

  • The Microsoft Update Catalog v1 is live

    Posted by bink on August 19 2007, 1:16 AM. Posted in Windows Update.

    This site is cool, download drivers or hotfixes, from windows update catalog. You can even import them in your WSUS 3.0 server.Hopefully soon hotfixes not published in Windows Update will be available here soon too, so you van distribute them with WSUS too.we have released version 1.0 of the Microsoft Update Catalog !  With the new Catalog, you can search for updates available through the Microsoft Update service and download them to your machine (regardless of whether the update is applicable to your machine).  You can also import updates from the Catalog directly into WSUS 3.0, System Center Essentials 2007, or System Center Configuration Manager 2007.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /?><o:p></o:p>

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    Some key features of the MU Catalog include:<o:p></o:p>

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    - Full-text search:  You can search using a keyword, KB article, MSRC bulletin, driver manufacturer, driver model, driver version, product, and/or classification.<o:p></o:p>

    - RSS:  Save your searches in RSS and get notified when new updates match your criteria.<o:p></o:p>

    - Download with BITS:  We use BITS to make the download experience robust and efficient.<o:p></o:p>

    - “Shopping basket”:  You can select multiple updates (and multiple languages) and download them together.<o:p></o:p>

    - Integration with WSUS: You can import updates from your basket into Windows Server Update Services 3.0, System Center Essentials 2007 or System Center Configuration Manager 2007.

    - Localization:  The Catalog is localized in all core Windows Vista languages.<o:p></o:p>

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    We hope you enjoy this new offering!  Please give us your feedback.  There are feedback options on the help page on the MU Catalog site.<o:p></o:p>

  • July 10 Enterprise Scan Tool

    Posted by sumeethevans on July 12 2007, 11:35 AM. Posted in Windows Update.

    Microsoft has released a new tool designed to help enterprises detect updates provided with the Microsoft Security Bulletins released July 10 2007. This tool is a command line scanning tool built for the sole purpose of helping customers determine systems that may need security updates provided with the released bulletins. Users of this tool should have experience in deploying software to corporate environments and with using command line tools.More information on this tool can be found in the readme.rtf documentation packaged with the tool download.Download At Source