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Old 12-16-2018, 18:47
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Windows Update Manager 0.9a

This tool of mine allows computer administrators to fully control the process and the timing of installing updates to their system using the Windows Update Agent API. The tool is also capable of performing an offline search for updates using an update catalog.

No more unwanted forced reboots or long update sessions to the worst possible times.

Features:
1) Ability to auto download wsusscn2.cab for "offline" search for updates (for example when wuauserv is blocked in the firewall)
2) Ability to "manually" (that is without the use of wuauserv or the Windows agent API) download found updates to disk (useful when the access of Windows Update to the servers of Microsoft is blocked)
3) Ability to block automatic Windows Update on pro/home editions of windows 10.
4) Ability to search for updates in custom intervals (when automatic Windows Update is disabled), only searched for updates when the PC is not in use (optional)
5) Hides the Windows Update page from the settings app when automatic updates are disabled

https://github.com/DavidXanatos/wumgr/releases/tag/0.9a
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Old 12-17-2018, 00:50
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There is a new strange situation where the "Check for Updates" button now no longer does a passive check. But it actively includes you to test week 3, week 4 beta updates which are not released on the normal monthly "Patch Tuesday" cycle. There is a bunch of terminology too around this but the theory is they can beta test using users who are so excited about updates that they actually click the button while most users probably don't ever go there.

Anyway a tool like this will become more and more useful into the future. I had used WSUS Offline Update for a while to try to prevent the big updates from being downloaded separately on multiple machines. Though in the days of internet being more or less limitless, a bigger concern is stability.

See the news article:
Quote:
https://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/windows10-check-for-updates/
referencing Microsoft's own blog post on the issue:
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https://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2018/12/10/windows-monthly-security-and-quality-updates-overview/#LcV9lITe3UqkOpIC.97
And so this is basically new eye opening discussion:
Quote:
But now Microsoft has shared a blog post in which they argue that people who click the Check for updates button are in fact “advanced users” who are “seeking updates.” Therefore, if you click the button, your system will be updated to the latest optional release called “C” or “D” release. These releases are a kind of preview of the next regular monthly release, known as the “B” release, which is the general version which includes security and non-security fixes.
The problem is that these C and D releases are still essentially beta code which is being offered for preview rather than being intended for widespread use. Microsoft says that the releases are “validated, production-quality optional releases,” but also that they are intended “primarily for commercial customers and advanced users ‘seeking’ updates.” This distinction is not made clear in the updates section of Windows, and you can imagine plenty of regular people clicking the Check for updates button in their system because they think it’s good security practice, without realizing that they have essentially opted into Windows beta testing.
Microsoft has had problems with their patches in the past, such as a patch for Surface Book 2 devices that caused a blue screen of death error. As PCWorld points out, the timing of this patch in the last week of November means that it would have been issued to users who hit the Check for updates button. So Windows users beware: stay away from the Check for updates button unless you know what you’re doing.

Last edited by chants; 12-17-2018 at 01:17.
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