windows update

Using CheckSUR to repair Windows Vista update problems

by File in: Windows, windows update

The Windows Vista Check for System Update Readiness (CheckSUR) tool will try to fix certain Windows Update installation failures. System resources, such as file data, registry data, and even in-memory data, can develop inconsistencies during the lifetime of the operating system. These inconsistencies may be caused by various hardware failures or by software issues. In […]

It’s the day after Patch Tuesday, and my Vista Business machine has lost ALL network connectivty

by File in: diagnostics, registry, Windows, windows update

I try to be a responsible security professional, and practice what I preach. I know it’s important to keep operating systems and applications updated with security patches, so I have Microsoft’s Automatic Update configured on my home Vista PC to install automatically. I tell my friends to do this, since I don’t want them to […]

How to delay the Windows Automatic Updates reboot nag screen and the automatic reboot after applying updates

by File in: howto, Windows, windows update

I was surfing for some WSUS scripts today and came across this one by Mohammed.  This script is for configuring client machines to use a local WSUS server rather than Windows/Microsoft Update web sites.   I took a few of the registry keys from his script to delay the very annoying “Updating your computer is almost complete.  […]

Howto: Block Windows 2003 SP2 from Automatic Updates

by File in: deployment, microsoft update, patches, SBS, windows update, wsus

Starting June 12, 2007, Windows 2003 Service Pack 2 (SP2) will be automatically installed on Windows 2003 servers that have Automatic Update (AU) setup to download and install critical updates without administrator approval.  This service pack is also installed when visiting Microsoft Update or Windows Update and automatically updating your system. A toolkit is available […]

IMF still updating through Automatic Updates despite being disabled

by File in: diagnostics, events, exchange, microsoft update, patches, troubleshooting, windows update

I have a strong belief that thou shall not allow Automatic Updates (AU) to be automatically installed on Windows servers. 95% of the time the updates are just fine, but that other 5% can be quite painful. Last night I installed KB927891 that AU had downloaded. AU actually downloaded two updates, but the one for […]