Windows Update

An Open Source Solution to Win 10 Update Problems

Anyone that has had to deal with delivering Windows 10 updates to a fleet of PCs knows what a task it can be. Beyond just dealing with a steady flow of updates, Microsoft continually delivers updates that introduce their own problems. Many organizations delay updating because of the poor quality of updates. One person has delivered a solution to help manage the updates. Windows Update Manager (WuMgr) is an open source solution available from GitHub (https://github.com/DavidXanatos/wumgr/). Some features: Scans, downloads, and installs updates. Ability to auto download wsusscn2.cab for ‘offline’ search of updates (like when wuauserv is blocked in the firewall). Ability to manually (that is without the use of wuauserv or the windows agent API) download found updates to disk. This is useful w...

Windows 10 1709 Gets a Second Monthly Update with a Long List of Fixes

Microsoft has now made available a second roll-up for Windows 10 1709. This one comes with a long list of fixes – some of which are requirements for a smooth update to the Windows 10 April Update that is still set to deliver this month. Additionally, this feature and fix update also includes a security patch. Full info: April 23, 2018—KB4093105 (OS Build 16299.402) Fix list: Addresses an issue that causes modern applications to reappear after upgrading the OS version even though those applications have been deprovisioned using remove-AppXProvisionedPackages-Online. Addresses an issue in which running an application as an administrator causes the application to stop working when pasting the user name or password into the user elevation prompt (LUA). Addresses an issue that causes Skyp...

Checking for Installed Updates Using PowerShell

If you need to check to see if a certain update has been installed on a local or remote computer, use the following PowerShell cmdlets. To check the local computer for a specific update: Get-Hotfix -id kb4088785 To check a remote computer for a specific update (replace Win10Computer with the name of the remote computer you want to query): Get-Hotfix –id kb4088785 –computername Win10Computer To check multiple remote computers for a specific update, just add a comma and another computer name: Get-Hotfix –id kb4088785 -computername Win10Computer1,Win10Computer2| Out-Gridview –Title “KB4088785 Status”   Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Developers, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connections kicks off in Dallas, Texas in 2018!

Clearing the Windows Update Software Distribution Folder

To remove failed updates (and allow the computer to boot correctly) you might sometimes need to clear the Software Distribution folder on certain failing computers. You can do that with the following, simple script (no PowerShell expertise required): @echo off net stop wuauserv net stop bits net stop cryptsvc rd /s /q %systemroot%\System32\Catroot2 rd /s /q %systemroot%\SoftwareDistribution net start wuauserv net start bits net start cryptsvc   Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Developers, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connections kicks off in Dallas, Texas in 2018!

Tip: Resolving 0x80243004 and 80243004 Errors for Windows Update

The fix to the 0x80243004 and 80243004 errors for Windows Update is overly simplistic, but definitely worth retaining considering the problems are reported pretty regularly. Per KB2837515, the cause is that the Automatic Update client requires that the tray icon be managed either by Group Policy, or that it be displayed if not disabled by Group Policy. And, again, the fix is a simple one: In the notification area at the far right hand side of the taskbar, click the Show hidden icons button and then click Customize. In Notification Area Icons, under Icons, scroll down to find Windows Update. Click the drop-down list next to it, click Show icon and notifications and then click OK.   Go to Windows Update and check for updates again. It should now complete as expected.   Looking for ...

Expired auth.cab Causes Update Headaches for Microsoft’s Windows 7 Holdouts

A thread grew pretty quickly over the last few days on the Microsoft forums over an Error Code 80248015 that resulted in Windows 7 users being unable to continue to receive updates. The problem was that the auth.cab (the file Windows Update mechanism verifies against) expired on December 3rd. As usual, the problem led to many customers suggesting that Microsoft does these things to force Windows 7 users to upgrade to Windows 10. The problem should now be resolved. Microsoft updated the auth.cab file on Monday.   Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Developers, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connections kicks off in Dallas, Texas in 2018!

Windows 10 1709 Makes it Easier to Read Windows Update Log Files

When the first iteration of Windows 10 release and Microsoft changed the file format for Windows Update logs for troubleshooting, customers were pretty upset. Instead of standard text files, Microsoft introduced log files that were binary format and could only be read using PowerShell. With Windows 10 1709 (or Fall Creators Update delivering on October 17), Microsoft has not gone back to text files, but it has made using PowerShell to sift through the log files much easier. Michael Niehaus explains… With Windows 10 1709 (including in the current Insider Preview builds), the formatting process has changed.  You still need to use the Get-WindowsUpdateLog cmdlet to format it, but it no longer needs access to the symbols to do that formatting. According to Michael on an email thread, thi...

Windows 10 Fall Creators Update GPO: Manage Access to Preview Builds

With Windows 10 Fall Creators Update ready to deliver on October 17, there are some new Group Policy settings that will be introduced. As these are uncovered, we’ll highlight them here on myITforum. ADMX File: WindowsUpdate.admx Overview: Manage preview builds Class: Machine Location: Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate Value: ManagePreviewBuilds Policy values:    1 (Enabled);   0 (Disabled) Details: Selecting “Disable preview builds” will prevent preview builds from installing on the device. This will prevent users from opting into the Windows Insider Program, through Settings -> Update and Security. Selecting “Disable preview builds once next release is public” will prevent preview builds from installing once the next Windows release is public. Th...

The Fix is in for IE11 Printing Problems After June Security Update

Microsoft dug a hole for itself this month by delivering security updates that created new problems it now has to fix. There are still a litany of problems outstanding and additional fixes coming on June 27, but at least one fix has now surfaced. A week ago we told you about how KB4022719 Causes Internet Explorer to Print Blank Pages. Customers continued to heap on complaints about his one until Microsoft has now finally delivered a KB article and a fix over Windows Update. KB article: A blank page or “404” error prints when you try to print a frame in Internet Explorer 11 4032782 in the Microsoft Update Catalog:  https://www.catalog.update.microsoft.com/search.aspx?q=KB4032782 Keep in mind that this problem has also been reported for Windows 10. This supplied fix only supports...

Fixes to Microsoft Security Update Flubs Coming on June 27

This month has not been kind to customers of Microsoft products. The company continues to introduce new problems as it plugs security holes and customers continue to be the test subjects for patches that appear to have gone through more stringent QA. For those keeping tabs, the list of issues continues to grow. See: All the Problems KB4022719 Has Been Reported to Cause This Month In an Outlook known issues document on the Office support site, Microsoft has stated that fixes are coming… Until the Windows Update fix release on 6/27, you can… So, it appears we can expect an attempt to fix the issues introduced this month.  IT Pros can be thankful as it gives them enough time to deploy the fixes before taking off for July 4 festivities. UPDATE: An anonymous source from Microsoft ha...

Fix for Installing Network Printers on Windows 10 Version 1703 Delayed

Back in May, customers began reporting that Network printers may fail to install on Windows 10 Version 1703 on PCs with less than 4 GB of memory. Microsoft promised a fix, but the fix didn’t come this month (June 2017). A company rep has now confirmed the problem, promised that a fix will be coming in the near future, and offered a workaround. Microsoft has confirmed a known issue that may prevent network printer software from discovering and installing the network printer on systems with low memory (< 4GB).  This is due to firewall hardening rules added in Windows 10 Version 1703. A solution was planned for Windows Update KB4020102, but was not able to be included in the update, as initially reported. Microsoft is currently working to resolve the issue in a future Windows update....

All the Problems KB4022719 Has Been Reported to Cause This Month

Originally, we told you about how KB4022719 (a Windows 7 security rollup for June 2017) was causing printing issues. But, now more problems with this particular update have emerged and the following list of problems can also be exhibited by ALL of the following updates: Security update for Windows 8, June 13, 2017 – KB4022726 Security update for Windows 10, June 13, 2017 – KB4022715 Security update for Windows 10, June 13, 2017 – KB4022725 Security update for Windows 7, June 13, 2017 – KB4022719 Security update for Windows 7, June 13, 2017—KB4022722 Here’s a list of what has been reported to date: Some computers cannot install KB4022719. Installation attempts result in errors: E5E03FA, 800706B5, 80073712, and 80004005. KB4022719 Causes Internet Explorer to Pri...